List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Rhône Blends

Learn about Rhône Blends — taste profile, popular regions and more ...

undefined, null

With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

Tasting Notes for Rhône Blends

A Rhône blend is a dry, red wine and will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Food Pairings for Rhône Blends

Rhône Blends work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secrets for Rhône Blends

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

Filter by
3 Items
3 Items
  • d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 1998 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
    • RP92
    • W&S92
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Regular price
    Currently Unavailable $53.99
    Try the
    61 49
    53 99
    Save $7.50 (12%)
  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Regular price
      Currently Unavailable $159.97
      Try the
      159 97
      159 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 1998 Front Label
      M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 1998
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
      • RP94
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Regular price
      Currently Unavailable $149.97
      Try the
      149 97
      149 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

    Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
    Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

    It's easy to make the switch.
    Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

    Yes, Update Now

    Search for ""

    Processing Your Order...