Full Review

Waving Tree

Waving Tree
NV Rivergazer Red Blend, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

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

Waving Tree
NV Rivergazer Red Blend, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dark brick red color. Aromas and flavors of mulberry, terra cotta, espresso, and roots and herbs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length finish conveying accents of sun dried tomato, black licorice, ground black pepper, and milk chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A mature, spicy Rhône blend that doesn’t skimp on fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: mulberry, terra cotta, espresso, and roots and herbs
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of sun dried tomato, black licorice, ground black pepper, and milk chocolate
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Rabbit, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A mature, spicy Rhône blend that doesn't skimp on fruit.

The Producer

Waving Tree Vineyards & Winery

The Producer
259 Pipeline Rd
Goldendale, WA 98620
USA
1 509-773-6552

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.