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Terry Hoage 5 Blocks Cuvee 2011

Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

This year's 5 Blocks is a more delicate rendition than years past, showcasing Mourvedre. A blend of 30% each of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache, with 10% Cinsaut, shows very fruity in its youth, with sweet blackberries, plums, cherry, mint, basil, white pepper, baking spices and sweet tobacco. Expect it to develop more of the Mourvedre characteristic of earthy mushrooms and meatiness, with aging. This blend is a refined expression that finishes with a soft and creamy mouthfeel.

Blend: 30% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault

Critical Acclaim

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An impressive barrel sample, the 2011 Five Blocks is a slightly tweaked blend of 30% each of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah, with 10% Cinsault (it’s normally more Syrah dominated). Exhibiting meaty, black fruit and pepper-driven aromas, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, big texture and remarkable poise and focus for such a big wine. Give it a year or two once released, and drink it through 2021. Drink 2015-2021.
Range: 91-94
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Rounding out the chewy tannins with an array of mocha, dark berry, black licorice and chocolate brownie, this is well-focused, graceful, deep and persistent. Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now through 2024.
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Terry Hoage

Terry Hoage

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Terry Hoage, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Focusing solely on Rhone-style wines, Terry Hoage Vineyards is a 100% organically-farmed estate in the acclaimed Westside of Paso Robles, California. Just off Highway 46, the special climate and unique terroir of Terry Hoage Vineyards produces exceptional fruit that is forward and focused. Their unique approach to winemaking and sustainable practices has Robert Parker saying: "This is the kind of wine the Central Coast should be producing more."

The wines are created using a minimalist philosophy. Using 100% French oak, the Hoages craft their wines without racking, fining or filtering. The only time the wines are moved is during the bottling process. With extremely minimal processing, the wines deliver intense fruit flavors and showcase Terry Hoage Vineyard's dedication to winemaking.

Paso Robles

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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, fruity, and powerful wines. With 11 smaller sub-AVAs, there is quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Rhône varieties both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruity, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red 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, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

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