Full Review

Alder Springs

Alder Springs
2013 Kinesis Single Vineyard, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Alder Springs
2013 Kinesis Single Vineyard, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Floral aromas of ripe wild strawberry, rhubarb compote, and spray roses with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length cocoa powder, pastry, and alpine herbs finish with well-integrated tannins. A cheerful Rhone blend with great integration and style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: ripe wild strawberry, rhubarb compote, and spray roses
Taste Flavor: cocoa powder, pastry, and alpine herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck Paté, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A cheerful Rhone blend with great integration and style.

The Producer

Alder Springs Vineyard

The Producer
2000 Bauer Rd
Laytonville, CA 95454
USA
1 707-984-8970

Rhone Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
A Rhone varietal blend can be made up from any number of varieties found in France's Rhone Valley. This can be either white or red (some red Rhone blends even contain a small percentage of white grapes) and can be a true Rhone wine or one made in another country, such as the US or Australia.

While most red Rhone blends contain four or five varieties, such as Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache, one famous Rhone blend, Châteauneuf-du-Pape can contain as many as thirteen different varieties! White Rhone blends contain varieties such as Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne.

Producers in several regions of California, such as Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and Sonoma Counties produce excellent Rhone blends (especially white blends in Santa Barbara), while New York State, Washington State and Virginia are also home to vintners that make Rhone blends.

Pair red Rhone blends with spicy, hearty foods such as game and roasts, while the white tend to work best with sushi/sashimi and fusion cuisine.