Red blends: Sum of the parts

By on November 30, 2014
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Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on Red Mountain in Washington state.

Different grape varieties can produce a superb wine by themselves or blended with others. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Why are red blends so popular these days?

There are a few reasons, but winemakers who focus on red blends will tell you that multiple varieties not only add complexity in the finished product, but they also “fill the gaps.”

For example, Cabernet Sauvignon might provide structure, boldness and elegance, while some Syrah could provide richness on the midpalate. Together, the two varieties work to make a better wine than they could alone.

With this in mind, here are several red blends we’ve tasted in recent weeks from Washington and Idaho.

About Great Northwest Wine

Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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