Considering Rhone Blends

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


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2009 Ancient Peaks Winery Renegade Margarita Vineyard Paso Robles 14.5% $20

46% Syrah, 31% Malbec, 23% Petite Verdot
A bit of an unusual nose with a hint of pine cones yet not balsamic. This is clean and light with a background note of eucalyptus and some sweet red licorice notes over medicinal violet pastille, carob, and dried black plum aromas with a nice teriyaki beef top note. Smooth and fairly seamless on entry, this is a big wine, make no mistake about it, but it's fairly well-balanced and doesn't have too much baby fat today. There's some lovely grapey, black plum and date flavors here all wrapped up in pencil lead, African violet, and lightly toasted coconutty oak flavors. The finish shows a bit of spicy, zesty pomegranate along with a fairly long oak imprint and just a hint of warmth. Big and rambunctious, this is a lusty wine perfect for BBQ beef ribs. 89pts Find it Here

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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
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    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
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    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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