Guide to Rhone Blends

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Grenache

Grenache is the main grape in many Rhone blends and most Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-pape. It's a grape that yields soft, lightly colored yet full wines, endowed with deep notes of strawberry and raspberry. While not prone to producing particularly rich or complex wines in France, Grenache is one of the world's most widely-planted grapes, producing unique expression wherever it is planted. It is particularly common in Spain as Garnacha, and in Sardinia as Canonnau.

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  • Snooth User: jaybird75
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    Boy, Greg, hate to say it, but was I disappointed.
    Not a word about whites! What's up with that?
    Really though, this is a much bigger topic than anyone can cover in one article, based on your title. A short article, at that.
    This article was about a few of the red wines grapes in the Rhone, and mostly just Southern rhone at that. You could have mentioned the Northern Rhone, it does exist. Mostly Syrah, some other grapes too. Wouldn't have hurt.
    But enough of the smart aleck.
    I have been wanting to dig more deeply into Rhone wines, but especially the whites! I had a white St. Joseph and it was terrific. (I'm not a fan at all of Viognier from anywhere.) I guess it's Marsanne (sp?) and other grapes in the North, but what about White Cote du Rhones? Same? Could you dig into that sometime? Do you like White Rhones?

    Jan 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Hi Jaybird,

    I hear you, wrote all this about whites earlier last year http://www.snooth.com/articles/whit... and more! Producers to look for http://www.snooth.com/articles/top-...

    I'll write separately about Syrah, I just find the wines of the Northern Rhone to be so different, so much more wines of place that I don't even think of them in the same sentence as wines from the south!


    Jan 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM


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