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Although we thought we had already decided our blend the week before, a conversation on the way to Red Hook Winery with Professor Goodlad and Professor Dagorn made us question our choice. Our original blend was going to be 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc. As we heard what the other groups making red wine were going to do, we realized that mostly all of us were going to have similar blends therefore we decided to mix it up a bit.

Once we arrived at the winery, we prepared our blend along with a couple others for a comparison. The blends we made consisted of the following:

1.       50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
2.       80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
3.       60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
4.       60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

After trying each blend a couple of times and having Professor Dagorn also try our favorite blend, we all decided to go with the third option of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. We enjoyed the floral aroma and bold and rich flavor without it being overbearingly bitter. We decided that we would want to age it in an oak barrel to give it more structure and body.

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