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Crux Winery

Crux Winery
2013 GSM Red Blend, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$42

Crux Winery
2013 GSM Red Blend, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Garnet color. Jammy aromas of bramble, cherry gelato, and sweet tarragon with a tannic, lively, fruity medium-full body and a medium-length berry pot de creme and granite finish with dusty, clunky tannins. A very fruity Rhone varietal blend; pair with rich meals.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full, Oaky, Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: bramble, cherry gelato, and sweet tarragon
Taste Flavor: berry pot de creme and granite
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Bacon Wrapped Filet Steak, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very fruity Rhone varietal blend; pair with rich meals.

The Producer

Crux Winery

The Producer
18850 Hassett Lane, Bldg C
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 707-837-8061

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.