Full Review

Locus Wines

Locus Wines
2016 Sud Red Blend, Rattlesnake Hills

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$22
Cellar Selection

Locus Wines
2016 Sud Red Blend, Rattlesnake Hills

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, blackberry tart, roasted dates, and hints of perfume with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A well-integrated, balanced Rhone Varietal Blend with juicy fruits, hints of spice, and velvety tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: cherry cola, blackberry tart, roasted dates, and hints of perfume
Taste Flavor: cherry cola, blackberry tart, roasted dates, and hints of perfume
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 well-integrated, balanced Rhone Varietal Blend with juicy fruits, hints of spice, and velvety tannins.

The Producer

Locus Wines

The Producer
1515 Madrona Dr
Seattle, WA 98122
USA
1 206-769-5426

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.