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Tertulia Cellars

Tertulia Cellars
2013 "The Great SchisM" Riviere Galets Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$55

Tertulia Cellars
2013 "The Great SchisM" Riviere Galets Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Garnet black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of coffee and vanilla bean gelatos, crusty huckleberry pie, and chocolate cherries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of roasted nuts, delicate spices, and sandalwood with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delightfully fruity, spicy, and engaging Rhone varietal blend.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: coffee and vanilla bean gelatos, crusty huckleberry pie, and chocolate cherries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of roasted nuts, delicate spices, and sandalwood
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Tagine, Braciole, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delightfully fruity, spicy, and engaging Rhone varietal blend.

The Producer

Tertulia Cellars

The Producer
1564 Whiteley Rd
Walla Walla, WA 99362
USA
1 509-525-5700

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.