The CdR is comprised of Syrah (54%), Petite Sirah (27%), Grenache (16%) and Viognier (3%) to form this classic Rhone style red. The varietals are located on varied sites across the vineyard, each of which is optimally suited for the ripening of the given varietal. Syrah as the predominate grape in this blend stands tall here, leading with power, intense fruit and tannin. Petite Sirah follows on from the Syrah with dense color and intensity of fruit and texture. The finesse and delicacy of this wine is derived from Grenache. With acid and fruit being the backbone of Grenache, this wine alone has strawberries dominating both the aroma and flavor of this wine. Common in the Northern Rhone Valley, the inclusion of Viognier in a red is less common in this country. The Viognier was – in this case – co-fermented with the Syrah component of this wine. Such a practice helps to better integrate the two varietals and build a synergy of flavors and structure. Although making up only a small percentage of the blend this highly aromatic varietal lends charm to the finished wine. This wine exhibits aromas of black berries, brambles and spicy notes intermingling with flavors red cherry integrated oak. This brightness of fruit is carried through onto the palate and is supported by smooth tannins on the finish. Such a wine will lend itself to aging yet is just as satisfying when consumed in its youth.
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