Melbac grapes first brought to California in 1858 contribute to a third of the Cellar Door Big Red blend. This grape features a rich deep red color with good tannin structure. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes each make up a third of the balance of the grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are considered the king of the red varietals with vibrant color, firm tannin's and excellent texture. Cabernet Franc grapes bring fruitier notes and add plum and spice to make a full and rich blend which, as a wine maker, is something I relish in a red wine. Cellar Door Big Red will enhance red meats, lamb, poultry, seafood and spicy Italian dishes.