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Ep 125: The Difference Between Napa and Bordeaux Reds

Released Saturday, 28th March 2015
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Apart from the obvious (which, M.C. Ice states): there's an ocean and a continent separating them, what IS the difference between the Caberet Sauvignon based wines of Napa and those of Bordeaux (Left Bank). Here are the things we address:


  • Latitude -- Bordeaux is at 45˚ and Napa is at 38˚ and it makes a difference

  • Terrain -- the Left Bank is on a high plateau, near rivers, and is on gravel and clay. Napa is in a valley with big mountains flanking it on each side and Bay and Ocean providing cooling influences

  • Soil -- the Left Bank is relatively uniform. Napa contains half of the soil types that exist on earth

  • Flavors -- Bordeaux is more earthy, Napa more fruity

  • Blends -- Merlot factors into Bordeaux in a more significant way



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