Full Review

Brecon Estate

Brecon Estate
2018 Forty-Two Red Blend, Central Coast

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60
Cellar Selection

Brecon Estate
2018 Forty-Two Red Blend, Central Coast

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, blackberry jam, pink peppercorns, dill, and hints of saffron with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, complex, long finish with accents of tart plum and chocolate wafer cookie with moderate oak flavor. A bold, spicy Rhone Blend that delivers! Drink now or cellar for a few years.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: blueberry pie, blackberry jam, pink peppercorns, dill, and hints of saffron
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of tart plum and chocolate wafer cookie
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold, spicy Rhone Blend that delivers! Drink now or cellar for a few years.

The Producer

Brecon Estate Winery

The Producer
7450 Vineyard Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-239-2200

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.