With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rh?ne blends originated from France?s southern?Rh?ne?Valley.?Grenache, supported by?Syrah?and?Mourv?dre?typically form the base of the blend, while?Carignan,?Cinsault?and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rh?ne blends have also become popular in?Priorat,?Washington,?Australia?and?California.
Full, even, dark ruby-red color, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented, but well-concentrated, the fruit expression a little reserved initially, unfolding vibrant dark raspberries and blackberries, lifted by subtle, fragrant spice notes and aromatic black pepper, licorice and cedar. Full-bodied, the palate features a well-concentrated, tight core of sweetly rich and succulent flavors of dark raspberries and blackberries. The fruit is melded with layers of black pepper, licorice and Asian spices, and shows vitality. Fine-grained, flowery tannins provide strong grip and structure, and the palate flows with acid vibrancy and energy, carrying to a luscious and lingering finish of black fruits and spices. This is a full-bodied, vibrantly rich and succulent Shiraz with blackberry and raspberry fruit, and notes of liquorice, pepper and spices on a fine-textured, well-extracted palate.