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Rare Red Blend Wine

A classic 'Rare Red Blend'
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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 It also proves convenient for those wines whose blend is unknown or unpublished.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
Region
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Ridge Vineyards Geyserville, Alexander Valley, USA Alexander Valley 463rd 92 $47
Clos Mogador Vi de Finca, Priorat DOCa, Spain Priorat 533rd 94 $89
Mas de Daumas Gassac, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, France IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert 599th 91 $57
Orin Swift Papillon Red, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley 876th 91 $71
Caiarossa Rosso di Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT 962nd 92 $71
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Vineyard Assorted Box Set, California, USA California 972nd $718
Leviathan Red Wine, California, USA California 1,099th 90 $42
Sine Qua Non Cumulus Vineyard 'Next of Kyn', Central Coast, USA Central Coast 1,110th 96 $497
Clos de los Siete by Michel Rolland, Vista Flores, Argentina Vista Flores 1,140th 90 $18
Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley 1,182nd 90 $46
Farnese Fantini Edizione Cinque Autoctoni, Abruzzo, Italy Vino da Tavola 1,346th 89 $31
19 Crimes Red, South Eastern Australia South Eastern Australia 1,378th 86 $10
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Colli di Salerno IGT, Campania, Italy Colli di Salerno IGT 1,384th 92 $68
19 Crimes 'Cali Red', California, USA California 1,394th $13
Gaja Sito Moresco Rosso Langhe, Piedmont, Italy Langhe 1,421st 90 $53
Carlo Rossi 'California Red', USA California 1,442nd $6
Orin Swift Machete, California, USA California 1,569th 91 $52
Cantine di Ora 'Amicone' Rosso Veneto IGT, Italy Veneto IGT 1,649th 87 $14
Bodegas El Nido 'El Nido', Jumilla, Spain Jumilla 1,654th 93 $141
VIK 'Milla Cala', Cachapoal Valley, Chile Cachapoal Valley 1,688th 91 $40
Conundrum Red by Caymus, California, USA California 1,756th 88 $22
Orin Swift Abstract Red, California, USA California 1,868th 90 $38
689 Cellars Six Eight Nine Red, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley 1,871st 88 $27
Weingut Jordan - Hiller 'Cuvee 1858 Memories & Generations', Niederosterreich, Austria Niederosterreich [Lower Austria] 2,026th 88 $15
VIK 'La Piu Belle', Cachapoal Valley, Chile Cachapoal Valley 2,044th 91 $82
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