Blend of the Week: Cabernet/Tempranillo + Moscatel de Setuba/Arinto

It’s been a while since I wrote about a wine blend and I don’t know why. Maybe all the things I’d been drinking tasted fine on their own.

I did try a few combinations, but none were worth writing about. Until now.

In another red wine / white wine blend this one could be called the Iberian Special. Two inexpensive wines, one from Spain and the other from Portugal.

The Wines

Nuviana is a cabernet/tempranillo from Belver de Cinca in Spain’s Cava Country. It’s jam-packed with toasted black fruit, smoke, spice, big tannins, and lots of flavor that over delivers for the price of $11. Some vintages are better than others; the 2011 is not as well-balanced as the 2009, having almost too much of everything. A little heavy and scratchy, it could be lightened up.

Albis is made by José Maria da Fonseca, one of the biggest producers in Portugal. This wine is a blend of Moscatel de Setuba and Arinto that tastes both round and crispy which may be due to part of the Moscatel being fermented in oak. It opens with soft pears and peaches with a vegetal note, and finishes with zesty citrus and juicy acidity. It tastes awesome with trout almondine. Again, a bargain in BC for $12.

The Blend

So, as I increasingly dislike broad-shouldered red wines, I craved a little lightness of being with the Nuviana. Adding the Albis in a 3 to 1 ratio eased up on the Nuviana’s tannins, gave it more of a frisky aroma, and the contribution of acidity made it much more fruit friendly. And that veggieness in the white agrees with the meatiness of the red, creating more interesting and drinkable red than the Nuviana alone.

Now, I hope I can find something to cut the thick sweetness of the Trapiche Extravaganza I just bought.

What wines are you blending these days?

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Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.

2 thoughts on “Blend of the Week: Cabernet/Tempranillo + Moscatel de Setuba/Arinto

  • April 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Interesting… so you drank both wines individually and then created your own 3-1 red-sparkling blend? I’ve always been curious about mixing wine, but I’ve never actually done it.

    • April 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

      You should do it Isaac. Almost any wine will blend. It’s a fun way to expand your palate. Try it, you’ll like it.

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