This moderately priced Rhône blend spent 14 months in a blend of French and European oak, and it shows. There is plenty of cherry and a little rhubarb, but the wood is slathered all over the fruit, overwhelming it. Sweet tannins and a maple flavor are wood-derived, making a difficult food match. Not recommended.
WHO: Robert Hall
WHAT: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut, Counoise
WHERE: Central Coast, California
HOW MUCH: $24