Considering Rhone Blends

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


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2011 Domaine du Mistral Cotes du Rhone 14% $13

75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
 
A little smoky and woodsy on the high-toned nose. There's some nice red berry fruit here over light inky mulberry notes and dried herb aromas. Round and plump in the mouth with lowish acidity and mild tannins supporting a nicely inky, earthy and bitter licorice-tinged palate that delivers a pleasant blend of cranberry and red currant fruit. The finish is a little dry, tough and short, with a twist of sweetness on the finale followed by a lingering note of alcoholic burn. A little dilute flavor wise. 80pts

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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 55

    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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