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Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends

All De Angelis Wines are crafted to pair well with a wide variety of food. We are so confident of that statement that we have included a large recipe and food pairing section on this web site which is designed to make this site more than only an e-commerce gateway to our wines. Without food, we believe that wine is simply another beverage.

Consequently we have developed a new stable of red wine blends that we particularly like.  The first is 2012 Elena Catherine.  This wine was developed to celebrate Mom’s 100th birthday. (More about this wine can be found here:

https://www.deangeliswines.com/our-wine/redwine/elena-catherine/ ‎

The second blend is our 2013 Avanzi. This wine is a blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This Blend is not what the French call a “Left Bank” wine. .

Although our original intent when developing this 2013 wine was to emulate “Left Bank” and/or “Right Bank” French wines using Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in roughly even proportions – as is done in the Graves area of France, that idea changed as we blended and tasted. We were touted by the siren song of a really balanced, flavorful and unique wine that paired perfectly with a very large number of dishes – a must attribute for a De Angelis Wines offering.  The 2013 Avanzi was released in late 2016

Given the above, we decided to go with the Bordeaux/Rhone blend, then return to more classic Bordeaux Blends in 2014.  We did that and the 2014 Avanzi is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 8 % Cabernet Franc.

In  France, Cabernet Sauvignon is specifically adapted to the Left Bank climate, so the red wines of the Left Bank are usually based on a larger amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (often 70% or more.) in the blends Merlot is often used to soften the Cabernet, but it is rarely allowed to make up the majority of the blend. In the region of Graves, some of the wines use Cab and Merlot in roughly even proportions – as is the case with the De Angelis Wines 2014 Avanzi which we will release in the Fall of 2016.

The 2015 Avanzi will be bottled in May of 2017.  We will bottle age this wine for 15-20 months.