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Rhone Blend

USA, Red Blend, (Rhone Style – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), Crystal Basin Cellars, “Victorie”, El Dorado County, 2007

Rhone-style Red Blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre. Note: Let breathe at least 1 hour, or preferably 2-3 hours, before enjoying. N/ Brick dust. Sweet, ripe cassis and currants. Confectionary. Black pepper. Light granite wafts. Tobacco. Deep oaks. Oyster shells. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Fat, ripe black and blueberries. Big, but […]

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France, Rhone Blend, Domaine La Roquete, 2003

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N/ Round earth. Sun-dried cherries. Light chlorine. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Oxidized, but still sweet cherry syrup. Slightly medicinal. Retail $17-$19. Very Good. 87

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France, Rhone Blend, Andrieux and Fils, Cuvee Jules, 2007

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N/ Fresh tortillas. Black bean paste. Is this a reduction sauce of a Taco Bell Gordita?  Not kidding.  Odd, yes, but great. If this is not a one-off for just this bottle, would be amazing for a pairing with Taco Bell. Light berries. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Round and plummy. Cassis. Light pond water. Retail $15. […]

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France, Rhone Blend, Domaine Les Aphillanthes, 2007

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N/ Dripping plums. Fresh tortillas. Fresh leather. Green grass. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean. Smooth. Round, sweet plum sauce. Slight wine reduction sauce taste. Retail $24 Brilliant. 91

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Rhone Blends / Rhone Varietal Blind Tasting

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Attended a blind Rhone Blend and Rhone Varietal tasting last night… Individual wines will be posted, but here is the summary… Methods… – As per usual, wines were all poured double blind and rated over 1-3 hours. – SanTasti pallet cleaning beverage was utilized. – Chinese food was eaten (our host recounted that Robert Parker himself […]

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Australia, Red Blend (Rhone Style), d’Arenberg, Stump Jump, McLaren Vale, 2006

Red Blend of: 48% Grenache, 28% Shiraz, and 24% Mourvedre. N/ Light burlap. Leather. Cherry. River stones. Tad hot. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Spice box. Dusty plums. Earth and graphite. Tobacco. Winemakers: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn, Phillip Dean, and Jack Walton Price = $10-16 retail. Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90

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