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Le Vigne

Le Vigne
2016 Ame de la Vigne Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$47

Le Vigne
2016 Ame de la Vigne Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Aromas of baked blackberry, black cassis, licorice, vanilla, and graham cracker crust with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, subtle, long roasted dates, caramel, toasted hazelnut, marinated strawberry, curry, and thyme finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and chewy Rhone blend full of nuance in every nook and cranny.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: baked blackberry, black cassis, licorice, vanilla, and graham cracker crust
Taste Flavor: roasted dates, caramel, toasted hazelnut, marinated strawberry, curry, and thyme
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dense and chewy Rhone blend full of nuance in every nook and cranny.

The Producer

Le Vigne Winery

The Producer
5115 Buena Vista Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-227-4000

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.