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Porterhouse Winery

Porterhouse Winery
2014 Williams’ Reserve Red Blend , Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$45

Porterhouse Winery
2014 Williams’ Reserve Red Blend , Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
Dark dusty garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of mixed peppercorn, herb marinated berries, leather bound book, and charred barrel with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-long finish with elements of craisin, spice, and vanilla yogurt nuts with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely reserved, herbal Rhone red blend.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: mixed peppercorn, herb marinated berries, leather bound book, and charred barrel
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of craisin, spice, and vanilla yogurt nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely reserved, herbal Rhone red blend.

The Producer

Porterhouse Winery

The Producer
2435 Briarwood Dr.
San Jose, CA 95125
USA
1 408-656-1230

Their Portfolio

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92 Comartin Cellars 2018 Cuvée Cassidy, Santa Ynez Valley 14.4% (USA) $44.00.
92 Comartin Cellars 2019 R-Bar-R Ranch, Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 13.9% (USA) $49.00.
93 JDR Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $45.00.
90 JDR Wines 2013 Sonoma Valley 15.5% (USA) $45.00.
94 Porterhouse Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $60.00.
88 Porterhouse Winery 2014 Williams’ Reserve Red Blend , Santa Ynez Valley 14.6% (USA) $45.00.
94 Porterhouse Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $44.00.
92 Porterhouse Winery 2014 Alko Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $85.00.
93 Porterhouse Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.4% (USA) $49.00.
94 Porterhouse Winery 2016 Reserve Lot Red Blend, Santa Ynez Valley 14.4% (USA) $60.00.
91 Porterhouse Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $85.00.
92 Porterhouse Winery 2017 Reserve Black Label Red Blend, Santa Ynez Valley 14.4% (USA) $55.00.

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.