red grapes were born to blend – it is the exception
almost NOT to blend them. Even
Syrah, the leader of the pack, is as likely to be blended
as bottled as a single varietal. Hundreds of years of
experimentation with these grapes have produced a few
standard variations on the blending theme. (And in the
U.S., of course, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah often qualify
as “honorary” blending grapes with the traditional Rhone
Robles, in the heart of California's Central Coast,
has imported this style from France and made it their
own. This traditional Rhone Valley blend of Syrah,
Counoise is big
laced with cedar-dill oak and intense berry, earth, mineral
and black licorice notes. Full-bodied, complex and concentrated,
it ends with a long, persistent finish.
Drink now through 2013.