Full Review

Le Mistral

Le Mistral
2016 Joseph’s Blend Single Vineyard Red, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Le Mistral
2016 Joseph’s Blend Single Vineyard Red, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Dark black violet color. Perfumed aromas of candied violet, star anise, dark chocolate, grass cuttings, fig, walnut, and incense with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long eucalyptus, blackberry coulis, herbs de Provence, and peppercorns finish with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A spicy and perfumed Rhone blend with great body.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Spicy & Complex & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: candied violet, star anise, dark chocolate, grass cuttings, fig, walnut, and incense
Taste Flavor: eucalyptus, blackberry coulis, herbs de Provence, and peppercorns
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Lamb Chops, Steak With Chimichurri, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spicy and perfumed Rhone blend with great body.

The Producer

Folktale Wine Group

The Producer
8940 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923
USA
1 831-293-7514

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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.