Fragrant aromas of blackberries, European blueberries and spices. The distinctive herbal notes commonly found in wines around the Mediterranean called garrigue - lavender, sage, rosemary and wild thyme - speak to the wine's regionality and terroir. The palate is well-balanced and clean, becoming round and full-bodied with soft, ripe tannins and a long finish.
Elegant, with roasted plum and black cherry fruit flavors, showing savory spice, black olive and mocha accents. Bright acidity and integrated tannins add support through to the mouthwatering finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2018. 2,500 cases made.
The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.
Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.