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Clos LaChance

Clos LaChance
2016 22 Pirates Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .6%
Sustainable Agriculture
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Clos LaChance
2016 22 Pirates Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .6%
Dark black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, vanilla bean, white chocolate, fresh summer tomato, heirloom leather jacket, and fresh mint with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish manifesting notes of cinnamon-sugar with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak flavor. A lip smacking Rhone varietal blend from Monterey; you may need more than one bottle!.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ripe blackberry, vanilla bean, white chocolate, fresh summer tomato, heirloom leather jacket, and fresh mint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cinnamon-sugar
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Lamb Chops, Venison, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lip smacking Rhone varietal blend from Monterey; you may need more than one bottle!.

The Producer

Clos Lachance Winery

The Producer
13800 Hummingbird Ln
San Martin, CA 95046
USA
1 408-686-1050

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.