Cabernet Sauvignon - Produces a dense wine, providing
structure and concentrated flavors. Combines power and backbone,
adding rich tannins which contribute to the age-worthiness of a
blend. Cabernet Sauvignon aromas are redolent of black currants,
black cherry and plums and flavors present rich, mature black fruit
flavors - ripened blackberries and ripe plums.
Cabernet Franc - Exhibiting softer tannins and less
dominant than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc adds finesse,
enhances aromas and adds earthy character. The aromas include a
rich mature fruit perfume and spicy earthiness. Red fruits such as
raspberries and cherries define the flavors of Cabernet Franc,
combined with distinct clove and cinnamon characteristics.
Merlot - An early ripening variety, Merlot gives a
round fruit character, soft tannins and a supple texture to the
wine, contributing lively fruit characteristics and aromas of red
cherries, raspberries and blueberries. On the palate, Merlot offers
flavors of ripe cherry and chocolate flavors, combined with a
Malbec - Malbec adds deep color and acidity to the
blend, helping to soften the tannins of the other wines. Very
aromatic, with definitive floral and exotic characteristics, the
flavors are ultra concentrated berry and jam flavors.
Petit Verdot - Providing intense color, Petit Verdot
produces very concentrated and tannic wines. Highly aromatic, it
adds spiciness, robust flavors of molasses, plums and blackberries
to a blend.
Carmenère - A member of the Cabernet family, it
produces wines of deep, rich color and aromas of red fruits, spice
and berries. Carmenère provides flavors of ripe cherries, dark
chocolate and tobacco, combined with earthy aromas of smoke and
Sauvignon Blanc - Produces a dry white wine of true
varietal character and bright flavors. The grape variety responds
to selective winemaking techniques such as stainless steel
fermentation or barrel fermentation by producing wines with
individual and separate flavor and aromas. Winemakers favoring
stainless steel fermentation produce wines that either emphasizes
the variety's grassy, herbal qualities or its fruit flavors of
melon, pear and citrus. Winemakers using barrel fermentation and
extended oak aging may produce wines of exceptional richness and
creaminess. Usually the dominant wine in a blend, Sauvignon Blanc
provides bright acidity and structure.
Semillon - A light, fruity white wine of low acidity
and light fig aromas, Semillon is more likely to be found in a
blended wine than as an individual finished wine. Blended with
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon provides floral aromas and a round, fruit
character to the finished wine. Its lower acidity tempers the
grassiness inherent to Sauvignon Blanc and adds complexity to the
Muscadelle du Bordolais - A highly aromatic, sweet
wine. Used in very small percentages, its intense, perfumy
character adds lovely floral character to a blend.