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Beauty of Blends
Blending is an art—an act of expression and creation. We select the varietals in the blends to play different roles in the composition of the wine. In addition to influencing fragrance and taste, some grapes enhance a wine’s structure—the balance and sequence of flavors in the mouth— while others impart body and roundness.
We blend wines to produce an appealing diversity of perfumes and flavors. We take care to select the right varietals, harvested at the right levels of ripeness. Savvy blending creates complex, intriguing wines. Our blends include these varietals, which evoke particular flavors when grown in Long Island’s maritime climate:
Chardonnay (featured in the Bouké White blend and Bouquet White Dessert Wine) gives appealing scents of orange blossom, clementine, and even orange confit not found elsewhere.
Pinot Gris (featured in the Bouké White blend) is an early-ripening variety that exudes particularly rich aromas of exotic fruit, including pineapple, lychee, and passion fruit.
Merlot (featured in the Bouké Rosé and Bouké Red blends) offers fantastic dark-fruit aromas and flavors. Think blackberry, blueberry and black currant, with soft tannins that make for a smooth and luscious feeling in the mouth.
Cabernet Franc (featured in the Bouké Red blend and Bouquet Cabernet Franc) is rich with cherry, currant, liquorice and herbal flavors. With Long Island’s sandy soil, this varietal’s tannins are less aggressive and take less time to soften, for earlier drinking.