Red Rhône blend. Dark red/purple color. Nose of blueberry, black fruit, touch of smoke, and meat. Bright red berry fruit on the palate. There are times when I want something layered and complex, to pull apart and mull over. Other times I want a wine I can just open, quaff and enjoy. Pleasant, fruit expressive, enjoyable red blend that goes down quite nicely alone, sitting on the couch with a book or a movie. Straightforward, easy to drink, and balanced. Its versatility would pair it well with most meats, many pastas, or even a burger or BBQ. Read the extended review on Simple Hedonisms.

WHO: Ortman Family Vineyards
WHAT: Red Rhône-style Blend – Syrah (42%), Grenache (30%), Mourvèdre (19%), Petite Sirah (9%)
WHERE: San Luis Obispo County, California
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $20 (Media sample)

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