btphillips wrote:Peter, could you comment on your blending style/philosophy for the Victory? Do you consistently go for left bank or right bank bordeaux blending styles? Do you blend with long term aging as a goal?
I want it all: aroma and flavor intensity and complexity, balance, length, drinkability and ageability. I'm not trying for a left bank style specifically, but Victory has always been a Cabernet sauvignon dominant blend so far. We keep an open mind when we do blending trials, but Victory has always ended up between 55% and 70% Cab. sauv. The other varieties' primary usefulness are twofold: adding different aromas and flavors and fine tuning balance and structure. When it comes down to the final fine tuning stages of blending it's all about structure, balance and finish.