Bordeaux blends

Justin Paso Robles Isosceles 2005
Lots of toasty oak and sour cherries with a thickness that lasts a long time. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot. GP&B in Paso Robles 14.6% $47.99 at Bottle Barn Justin

Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint-Julien 2004
Earth and oak intertwine in a complex mix of smells. There is plenty of structure in this youthful Bordeaux. The acidity drives great length. The tannins are ripe, not as in the California sense, but definitely showing an elegant side of Bordeaux. From the Delon family, this is truly a Super Second. Planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cab Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Mis a Saint-Julien 13% $126 at Bottle Barn

Opus One Napa Valley Red Wine 2004
Berries and oak are talking together in the nose of this vintage of Opus. The typical brett is toned down to accent fruit profile of this wine that is surrounded by a tannic, almost astringent suit. P&B in Oakville 14.1% $159.95 at Traverso’s Opus One

Napanook Napa Valley Red Wine 2004
Fresh cherries and berries are out front in this value wine from Dominus; it is quite approachable and ready to drink. From Mr. Moueix at Dominus, more than a second, perhaps a California Super Second. P&B in Yountville 14.1% $38.49 at Bottle Barn Dominus

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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