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Pillsbury Wine Company

Pillsbury Wine Company
2016 Diva Rhone Red Blend, Cochise County, Arizona

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40

Pillsbury Wine Company
2016 Diva Rhone Red Blend, Cochise County, Arizona

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dusty violet color. Fruity aromas of ripe plum, macerated strawberries, suede, geranium, and thyme with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long ground black pepper, slate, and chrysanthemum finish with firm tannins. A graceful and pure Rhone varietal blend from Arizona with elegant integration of minerality and fruit; extra kudos are due to superb taming of Petite Sirah’s oft-fiesty tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ripe plum, macerated strawberries, suede, geranium, and thyme
Taste Flavor: ground black pepper, slate, and chrysanthemum
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Dry-Aged Sirloin From A Free Range Cow, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A graceful and pure Rhone varietal blend from Arizona with elegant integration of minerality and fruit; extra kudos are due to superb taming of Petite Sirah's oft-fiesty tannins.

The Producer

Pillsbury Wine Co., LLC

The Producer
4109 E Via Estrella
Phoenix, AZ 85028
USA
1 310-508-3348

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.