Eliana Vineyards 2009 Reserve Bordeaux Blend
Roses in Zimbabwe to wine in Oregon
It all started with roses. A simple flower, but perhaps the most complex agricultural supply chain in the world. If the roses aren’t perfect on Valentine’s Day, all your hard work goes down the drain.
But Brian Jordaan was very good at growing roses. Until 2004, when the dictator Robert Mugabe seized his farm – and Brian, his wife and their four young children fled. They had nothing but their luggage, each other, and Brian’s skill as a farmer.
Soon enough, Brian and Carien found their way to the hills outside Ashland. They had friends in the Rogue Valley that had encouraged them to visit. And before long, Brian was trying his hand at growing wine grapes. “If that had not happened,” says Brian, “we wouldn’t be here making wine."
Brian’s approach to growing grapes is much like his approach to roses. He hand-tends each plant, and pays close attention to the growing season, waiting patiently for the perfect moment to harvest the grapes for maximum effect. And that attention to detail shows in every bottle.
Cellar 503 Tasting Notes
Eliana Vineyards, Ashland, Oregon
2009 Reserve Bordeaux Blend
A combination of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the traditional Bordeaux Blend is probably the most recognizable blend in the world. The percentages vary from winemaker to winemaker and from year to year, leading to interesting and complex wines.
The Eliana Reserve Bordeaux Blend consists of 60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. That Merlot-heavy approach is akin to the blends found on the Right Bank of the river Dordogne in France (while the Left Bank winemakers prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant profile. Go figure.)
To make his wine, Brian Jordaan collaborates closely with Steve Anderson – the esteemed winemaker at Eola Hills. Their 2009 blend is elegant and beautifully integrated, with flavors of dark cherries, thick ripe plums, and a hint of black currant. A full bodied wine, this Bordeaux Blend has a deep, rich color and aroma and leaves a subtle spice on the palate as it finishes.