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La Provencale celebrates the success of Rhone grapes in California plus the exuberant character of the 2000 vintage. Forging a classic southern Rhone style blend begins with a Foundation of old vine Mourvedre planted by immigrants to California in the late 1800s. Ancient vines make this sturdy red grape remarkably suave and elegant. Grenache is favored for blending both here and in the Rhone valley where it is dominant in famous wines like Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. Adding Grenache to tannic vintages like the 1999 infuses a heady strawberry perfume and lively spice aromas, while sweet mouth-coating glycerin leaves room for ten percent of the deeply colored and tannic syrah to impart structure and complexity. The complement of varieties is engaging and makes a bold statement without new oak aging. Try this wine now with grilled foods and Mediterranean fish dishes. In cold weather, these blends are warming and satisfying with lamb stew or gnocchi.
"A dark, intense, ripe and complex style, with tiers of blackberry, black cherry and wild berry fruit, though it turns hot on the finish. An exceptional value at this price. Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2009."-Wine Spectator
Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of Rhone-style California wines. The winery was founded with the belief that carefully chosen California vineyard sites planted to Rhone grape varieties can achieve quality on a par with the best from France and Australia.
Paras Vineyard, Jade Mountain's flagship vineyard, rests on the upper slopes of Mount Veeder,...Read More About Jade Mountain
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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