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Chesterfield Cellars

Chesterfield Cellars
2017 Carly’s Cuvee, San Luis Obispo County

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$32

Chesterfield Cellars
2017 Carly’s Cuvee, San Luis Obispo County

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, cherry pie, lychee, blueberry jam, and apricots in syrup with a satiny, sharp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy finish with moderate oak flavor. A sprightly Rhone blend that’s big on fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: plum tart, cherry pie, lychee, blueberry jam, and apricots in syrup
Taste Flavor: plum tart, cherry pie, lychee, blueberry jam, and apricots in syrup
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sprightly Rhone blend that's big on fruit.

The Producer

Chesterfield Cellars

The Producer
5330 Debbie Rd, Ste 200
Goleta, CA 93111
USA
1 888-987-8808

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.