Considering Rhone Blends

Learn about the three varieties that make up the wines of this region


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2009 Jorian Hill Bespoke Santa Ynez Valley 13.9% $30

45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
 
Creamy red berries greet the nose along with a gentle underlay of spice with hints of pink peppercorns and red flowers along with well-judged vanilla and caramel notes. This is lovely, entering the mouth with freshness and brightness. There's an initial whack of something vaguely medicinal, minty and spice which is followed by rich yet fresh berry and plum fruits. The really attractive thing here is the texture, which remains rather dry and elegant for this style of wine. Some pomegranate and wild cherry pop on the back end along with a little sweet vanilla oak, with everything coming together quite nicely in the moderately long finish. The flavors on the finale seem a bit candied, but the texture of this wine remains fresh. 91pts

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  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
    Hand of Snooth
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    With so many grape varieties, the differences from one winery to another must be substantial. It appears that they may or may not start with the classic Rhone Trio blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre. When a wjne maker adds much more than the classic trio or eliminates any of the trio, in favor of another variety, then the final wine should be labeled simply as a "Red Wine Blend".

    Jan 15, 2013 at 2:04 PM


  • With Israel's hot climate proving to be a great wine growing region for Rhone varieties, perhaps an Israeli Syrah should have been included here. After all, Decanter in 2010 recognized the Carmel SV Kayoumi Shiraz as the best Red Rhone variety over 10.00 Sterling.

    Jan 18, 2013 at 3:26 AM


  • Snooth User: penguinn
    807729 1

    Hard to imagine a discussion of Rhone varietals in the US without a mention of Tablas Creek Vineyards. Not only do they produce many fine examples of Rhone wines, they provide the vine stock to a great many other vineyards from their nursery.

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM


  • Snooth User: gerrad
    79282 57

    u may be unaware 'zinfandel' but there are strict rules regarding varieties in the bottle and labelling requirements in most if not all global wine regions. the rhone has as many as 23 different varieties that can 'legally' be utilized...u want to relegate 20 of them to being called 'red wine blend'? ludicrous statement..are u going to put it on bordeaux blends as well?of course not. did u even read GDP's article at the end of the gallery?

    Jan 24, 2013 at 4:44 AM


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