Domaine Chaume-Arnaud Vinsobres 2015
The nose is fresh with aromas of plums and cedar. Licorice notes greet the palate with spicy aromas. The finish is fresh and elegant with smooth tannins.
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Judicious additions of Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre to this Grenache-dominant blend lend freshness and zest to juicy black-cherry and plum flavors. It’s a juicy, easy-drinking wine but not at all jammy. Hints of dark chocolate and fine, gripping tannins mark a long finish.
I preferred Chaume-Arnaud's 2015 Vinsobres to the La Cadene. It's a bit chunkier and less supple, but it doesn't show any heat. The leather and plum flavors are backed by velvety tannins, leaving behind a rich, satisfying mouthfeel and lingering finish.
One of the more established Rhône villages promoted to its own 'Côtes du Rhône Villages' appellation, Vinsobres produces uniquely styled Rhône Blends based on Grenache and Syrah in its relatively cool and elevated vineyards.
With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.