2011 Southern California Rhone Rangers Tasting

As anticipated we were in deliciously fine company at the Rhone Rangers pouring Sunday! Expect photo updates over the next few days.  It was impressive this year to see both the outstanding quality of the wines (42 wineries were in attendance!), and the great diversity in the single varietal wines available for tasting.  This is perhaps to be expected given the wide range of grapes grown and blended in the Rhone Valley, but the tendency to bottle single varietal wines seems to be growing along with consumer interest in experiencing their individual characteristics.

Our flight included

2010 Rose (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), 2010 Cotes de Paso Blanc (Roussanne,Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc and Marsanne), 2008 Cotes de Paso (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise, and Cinsault), and 2008 Syrah

All varieties listed in our blends were represented by other wineries at the event as single varietal wines with the exception of Picpoul Blanc (Tablas Creek occasionally bottles a 100% Picpoul, incidentally an excellent article on the characteristics of the Rhones grown in their vineyard was posted today).

It would be criminal to ask for arguments in preference of single varietal over blended wines (or vice versa) as both may (and do!) result in wines of remarkable depth and interest.  However, as a point of discussion what are your thoughts and experiences on interesting Rhone blends and varietal wines recently?  We’d love to read and discuss with you!  This question will also be posted to the Halter Ranch facebook page.  Cheers!

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