Full Review

Le Vigne

Le Vigne
2016 Cuore della Vigna Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$44

Le Vigne
2016 Cuore della Vigna Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried raspberry and cherry, orange zest, pencil shavings, and genache with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, intricate, medium-long rose hip jam, milk chocolate, dried mint, and pressed flowers finish with moderate oak flavor. A terrific wine from Paso Robles; a New World Super Tuscan with superb balance and stylish nuance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried raspberry and cherry, orange zest, pencil shavings, and genache
Taste Flavor: rose hip jam, milk chocolate, dried mint, and pressed flowers
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A terrific wine from Paso Robles; a New World Super Tuscan with superb balance and stylish nuance.

The Producer

Le Vigne Winery

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

Their Portfolio

92 Kiara 2015 Private Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
91 Kiara 2016 Private Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
87 Kiara Bella 2016 Rose, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.00.
84 Kiara Bella 2016 Moscato, California 11.5% (USA) $12.00.
90 Le Vigne 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $21.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $19.00.
89 Le Vigne 2015 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $18.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista, Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $39.00.
86 Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $41.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 Cuore della Vigna, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
89 Le Vigne 2014 Nikiara, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
94 Le Vigne 2014 Ame de la Vigne, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $43.00.
87 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $38.00.
93 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Grenache, Paso Robles 15.3% (USA) $36.00.
95 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Malbec, Paso Robles 14.3% (USA) $37.00.
94 Le Vigne 2016 Il Fiore, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $23.00.
85 Le Vigne 2016 Rose, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
84 Le Vigne 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $18.00.
88 Le Vigne 2015 di Acquarello, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $39.00.
92 Le Vigne 2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
87 Le Vigne 2017 Rosé, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
90 Le Vigne 2015 Cuore della Vigna, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $42.00.
82 Le Vigne 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $18.00.
86 Le Vigne 2015 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $25.00.
88 Le Vigne 2017 Il Fiore, Viognier, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $23.00.
88 Le Vigne 2015 Ame de la Vigne, Paso Robles 14.7% (USA) $43.00.
87 Le Vigne 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
94 Le Vigne 2016 Di Acquarello, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $37.00.
92 Le Vigne 2016 Cuore della Vigna Red Blend, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $44.00.
92 Le Vigne 2016 Ame de la Vigne Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $47.00.
90 Le Vigne 2016 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.7% (USA) $26.00.

Italian Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
While many famous wines in Italy, such as Barolo or Brunello di Montalcino, are produced entirely from one grape type, most red wines are blends of several varieties. Most examples of Chianti are blends of several varieties, with Sangiovese as the principal grape as well as Canaiolo, Colorino and/or Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bolgheri is another examples, as this red wine from coastal Tuscany contains Cabernet Sauvignon (sometimes a small amount, often a large amount) as well as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese.

There are also white varietal blends; some of the best of these are from Friuli and contain varying amounts of several grapes such as Friulano, Sauvignon, Ribolla Gialla, Chardonnay and others.

The main purpose of crafting one of these varietal blends is for greater complexity; aging potential is often another reason.