Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Wines Less Traveled: Bordeaux Blends

My next "less traveled" list.  I feel obliged to admit Bordeaux Blends (or Meritage or Claret or whatever you want to call them) are my personal favorite type of wine.  Once again this list will contain wines many have never heard of  and unfortunately may not be readily available.  However, as always I promise each wine will go above and beyond its price point and be a great expression of its region.  I feel like a wine hipster...oh dear...

1. Sheridan l'Orage Yakima Valley (2007)

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There are very few wines I come back to year after year but this is one of them. A blend of Cab Sauv and Cab Franc that is powerful yet harmonius. A woody and floral nose mingles well with the intense ripe blackberry jam. On the palate is dried lavender, herbs, more jammy blackberries, and a hint of tobacco. The Cab Franc rounds out the midpalate very well and adds complexity. Sheridan's wines drink well young but also age wonderfully.
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  • 155607lingprof I like your list! since there are a number of WA wines on here, you might want to try Chateau Walla Walla Masterpiece red. Just had it and loved it. I'm a B Blend lover like you.... ;-)

  • 425274duncan 906 Only two Bordeaux blends from Bordeaux?

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