Bought this wine on a discount - being a fan of the white counterpart. The nose is very Rhone Ranger with black cherry, pomegranate and stewed strawberry. On entry, there is wonderful, powerful red fruit - much like a Rhone-Villages with pedigree. Good finish with residual tannin (some storage for 2-3 years fine). Good grip but quite elegant. Some rusticity but I don't really understand the understated reviews on this wine. Excellent value. 88 points.
The last vintage I had was the 2007. This one is different, the Grenache lightens the load compared to the Petite Sirah / Syrah blend of the 07 vintage, a dark-fruity medium bodied red similar to the typical Australian GSM. 86 pts. and looking forward to the next vintage. It seems like Vina Robles likes to switch things up in their blends to keep it interesting.
Food Pairings for Vina Robles Red4
Color: Dark cherry Aroma: Dark fruit and dried prunes with notes of clove and allspice Taste: Opens with juicy ripe fruit, hints of oak and spice; medium bodied with elegant tannins and a long finish
11119 cases produced.
Aged 15 months in French Oak.
Notes: 15 months in neutral French oak barrels, once and twice used
|Alcohol: 14.9%||pH: 3.81|
|Sugar: 6.4 grams per liter|
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