Wine of the Week – Reserve Spéciale Bordeaux 2011

Barons de Rothschild’s Reserves was created to offer what it calls a line of wines for “casual enjoyment.” Imported in the U.S. by Pasternak Wine Imports and this particular vintage returns Bordeaux to harmony and balance, the winemakers say, after several years.

The Bordeaux is comprised of 70 percent Merlot and 30 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and was made during one of the hottest of the hottest, sunniest and driest summers of the past several decades, resulting in early ripening of the fruit.

The result is a fruity, almost purple  wine with red and black currant and raspberry scents. The Bordeaux has silky tannins and a peppery licorice finish. ABV is 12.7 percent. Retail price is around $16. Value is here for the consumer and the restaurant alike.

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