Jade Mountain Red Rhone Blend Napa Valley la Provençale 2008
La Provençale was inspired by the easygoing lifestyle of the South of France. Classic varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignane express the juicy, dark fruit character of plum and blackberry, with hints of raspberry sauce, chocolate, saffron and smoke. The Carignane grapes are from the ancient vines of the Evangelho Vineyard in Contra Costa County, which are grown on their own roots in sandy soil along the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. The Grenache also comes from ancient vines, these in San Benito County, where rich raspberry flavors dominate and unfold to dried wild strawberry and a hint of bay leaf. Bright acidity and supple tannins make this wine a chef’s delight—the perfect complement to a wide array of dishes.
As heard on <a href="http://www.wypr.org/Cellar_Notes.html">Cellar Notes</a>.
Raspberry/blackberry cedar box nose. Big fruit up front, but the finish is nothing but cedar box, and that overoaked oak monster lingers in a none-too pleasant finish. (90 points nose/initial attack, 80 finish = 85 overall)
This is a blend of five varietals, the primary grape is Mouvedre. It also features Syrah, Granache, Carignane and Viognier. All of these are classic grapes blended to make Chateauneuf du Pape in the Rhone region of France. Jade Mountain (Now owned by multi-national conglomerate Diageo) was way ahead of the times producing these varieties in California, and it shows. The wine poured a lighter color then I anticipated. It looked more like a Pinot Noir then a Syrah blend. The aroma was fabulous. Raspberries and red fruit, spice, clove and a bit of vanilla. Very nice start. The wine is very lush and fruit forward. Raspberry and plum are the main components. Tannins are smooth but balances. There is a bit of a burn on the end...but not unpleasant. Turns out this wine is over 14% alcohol.
I have long been a fan of the JM "La Provencale", being a Rhone lover. Getting to the end of my stash of the 99. This is taking on port like notes now. On a personal level, noting what I paid for it back in 2003, and including a value for money , this would be a 4.75 for me :-)
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