White Rhône Grapes
Some of our favorite Rhône grapes grown on our west side vineyards are Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier.
We are also a large grower of Bordeaux grapes, like Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, as well as award winning Zinfandel grapes. To see all the grapes we grow, visit our vineyard page.
Red Rhône Grapes
Roussanne provides golden color, excellent aging potential, and tastes of honey and honeysuckle fruit. It has rose and nutty aromatics, with a rich glycerin mouthfeel and moderate acidity.
Roussanne is notoriously difficult to grow, and has in much of the world been replaced with the more amenable Marsanne. Read more about Roussanne
Grenache Blanc has firm acidity, green apple and citrus flavors, and white flower aromatics.
Grenache Blanc is the 4th most widely planted white grape in France, and its crisp acids complement many of the lower-acid white Rhône varietals. Read more about Grenache Blanc
Syrah provides firm tannin and aromatics, as well as blackberry and currant fruit. It tastes of smoke, tar, and black pepper. Intense dark blood red color.
Syrah is best known from the the Northern Rhône appellations of Hermitage and Côte-Rotie, where it produces wines of phenomenal elegance and longevity. It is tremendously flexible, and can be made in styles from elegant and restrained through to wines bursting with fruit, in locations as diverse as France, California, South Africa, and Australia (where it is known as Shiraz) Read more about Syrah
Mourvèdre provides structure, backbone, and aging potential. It tastes of ripe plum and strawberry fruit, with animal flavors of red meat and mushrooms when young, and leather and truffles as it ages. Dark purple-black color.
Historically, Mourvèdre was the most widely planted grape in the Southern Rhône before Phylloxera decimated vineyards in the late 1800s. Replanting was slow, as rootstocks for Mourvèdre were developed only after World War II. Read more about Mourvèdre
Viognier is highly aromatic, with a nose of peach, apricot, and violets. It has a mineral mouth with more peach fruit and moderate acidity. Pale pink-gold color.
Viognier is grown in the Northern Rhône valley, and reaches its peak in the appellations of Condrieu and Château Grillet. In California, it produces richer, more tropical wines, often low on acidity. It is sometimes confused with Roussanne. Read more about Viognier.
Grenache, provides fruit, tannin, and acidity. It tastes of currant, cherry, and raisin, with aromatic spice of black pepper, menthol, and licorice. Brilliant ruby red color.
(also known as Grenache Noir, to distinguish it from its white counterpart Grenache Blanc) is the most widely planted grape in the southern Rhône Valley, and the second most widely planted varietal in the world. It is most often blended (with Syrah and Mourvèdre in France and Australia, and with Tempranillo in Rioja).Read more about Grenache.
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