Mark Squires Coupage 2013 Review #226 Aug 2016 Mark Squires Rating: 89 Drink: 2016 - 2024

The 2013 Coupage (Bravdo) is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 33% Shiraz and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in a 70/30 mixture of French and American oak (only 25% new). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Another nicely done wine this issue, this blend is more elegant than, say, the Merlot and more complex than the Cabernet (both reviewed this issue). It doesn't have the Cab's bright flavors, to be sure, but it strikes a nice balance in the middle, with a graceful feel, a focused finish and a complex flavor medley laced with hints of herbs and beef. The mid-palate has just average concentration. Dry and serious, not fat and sweet, this understated red should make a great food wine. It will probably do best in the mid-term. I doubt that long aging will bring rewards.

In days gone by, I was not terribly impressed by this winery, but of late they certainly seem to have rounded into form. There are some very nice offerings here and some bargains, too.