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Rhône Blends

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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.

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  • Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2002 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Sierra Foothills, California
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          Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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        • Chateau La Baronne Rouge 2002 Front Label
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            • Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages 2002 Front Label
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              Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                • Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2002 Front Label
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                  Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                  • Kurtz Family Vineyards Boundry Row Grenache-Shiraz 2002
                    Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (stained label) 2002  Front Label
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                    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2002 Front Label
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                      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                      • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Olivets 2002 Front Label
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                        • Goats do Roam Goat-Roti 2002
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                        • Yalumba Hand-Picked Mourvedre Grenache Shiraz 2002
                          Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                        • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2002 Front Label
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                            Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                                Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                                Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                              • Curtis Heritage Cuvee 2002 Front Label
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                                  Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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