For the first time in our Wines of the New World class, we were given the opportunity to blend and create our own wine today and we had so much fun doing that. It was interesting to see how we were able to agree on a final wine while we had so many different palates/tastes in the group.
Laliza and Kathy were looking for more fruity notes and very low tannins while I (Lyne) like my wines spicy with medium tannins and Hasret wanted some good acidity in her wine. Altogether, we were able to blend our final mixture (after six ones that we were not wowed by), and surprisingly we loved it and even the class picked our wine as one of the best.
For the “concoction” we used 80% of Cabernet Sauvignon which was our base wine, 10% of the Merlot for its beautiful fruitiness on the nose and palate, 5% of Cabernet Franc for some acidity/balance and finally 5% of Petite Syrah for its gorgeous deep color and tannins. We are curious to see how this wine would taste after some aging but we are confident that it will develop more elegance, aroma and flavor with more time.