Rare Red Blend Wine

A classic 'Rare Red Blend'
? Vina Errazuriz

Rare Red Blend is a term Wine-Searcher uses for red wines made from unusual or rarely seen varieties or combinations of grape varieties. It also proves convenient for those wines whose blend is unknown or unpublished.

Although typically complex, many rare red-wine blends do conform to certain patterns. Many are regional twists on the classic Bordeaux Blend; by adding their local signature grape to a basic Cabernet-Merlot blend, many regions have successfully broadened the appeal of their wines while maintaining a degree of regionality. In Italy, this is done with local specialties such as Sangiovese, Montepulciano and even Trentino's idiosyncratic Lagrein. In Austria it is achieved with Zweigelt or Blaufrankisch, and sometimes both.

Some wineries deliberately draw attention to their complicated or unusual blends. The "Quintology" wine produced by New Zealand's Matariki winery is so called because it is made from five classic varieties; quint is the Latin prefix denoting "five". Across the Pacific, noted Chilean winery Vi?a Errazuriz makes a wine labeled as "The Blend".

The range of possible blends which might fall into the Rare Red Blend category is vast. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Italy – a country famed for its seemingly endless array of obscure varieties. It would raise few eyebrows in Italy if a winemaker blended Sangiovese and Barbera with Marzemino and Groppello. One such wine is in fact produced from vineyards overlooking Lake Garda.

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Most Popular Rare Red Blend Wine

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Wine Name
Avg Price
Clos Mogador Vi de Finca, Priorat DOCa, Spain Priorat 539th 94 $93
Mas de Daumas Gassac, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, France IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert 730th 90 $60
Ridge Vineyards Geyserville, Alexander Valley, USA Alexander Valley 885th 91 $46
Orin Swift Papillon Red, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley 994th 91 $72
Sine Qua Non Cumulus Vineyard 'Next of Kyn', Central Coast, USA Central Coast 1,116th 96 $513
Bodega Lanzaga 'Las Beatas', Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Alavesa 1,139th 96 $350
Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley 1,186th 91 $46
Caiarossa Rosso di Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT 1,277th 92 $71
Carlo Rossi 'California Red', USA California 1,358th $7
Leviathan Red Wine, California, USA California 1,523rd 90 $41
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Vineyard Assorted Box Set, California, USA California 1,526th $788
Gaja Sito Moresco Rosso Langhe, Piedmont, Italy Langhe 1,566th 90 $52
Clos de los Siete by Michel Rolland, Vista Flores, Argentina Vista Flores 1,578th 89 $19
VIK 'La Piu Belle', Cachapoal Valley, Chile Cachapoal Valley 1,637th 91 $82
19 Crimes Red, South Eastern Australia South Eastern Australia 1,652nd 85 $10
Farnese Fantini Edizione Cinque Autoctoni, Abruzzo, Italy Vino da Tavola 1,657th 88 $30
Yount Ridge Proprietary Blend, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley 1,818th 90 $103
Stags' Leap Winery 'The Investor', Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley 1,825th 89 $49
Orin Swift Machete, California, USA California 1,837th 91 $56
Dominio del Aguila 'Canta La Perdiz', Ribera del Duero, Spain Ribera del Duero 1,923rd 96 $325
Orin Swift Abstract Red, California, USA California 1,945th 90 $37
Conundrum Red by Caymus, California, USA California 2,023rd 88 $22
Bodegas El Nido 'El Nido', Jumilla, Spain Jumilla 2,118th 93 $141
Tinazzi No 3 Vinum Italicum Opera Rosso, Italy Italy 2,423rd 88 $25
Cantine di Ora 'Amicone' Rosso Veneto IGT, Italy Veneto IGT 2,469th 86 $14
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