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2015 Saxum - Terry Hoage Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
abv 13.7%
  • 96 WA
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 400683-2015
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    Blended of 50% Syrah, 34% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre, the 2015 Terry Hoage Vineyard has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and a lovely red fruit-dominant nose of red currants and cherries with hints of blackberries, mulberries, charcuterie and spice box, plus a touch of black olives. Full-bodied, firm and fine in the mouth, it has lovely vibrant red and black fruits with plenty of pepper, spice flavors and a good long finish.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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  • California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    While the Northern Rhône is known mostly for single-varietal wines from Syrah or Viognier, the Southern Rhône is known for complex blends. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.

    The most widely planted variety, Grenache, dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. Syrah and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau.

    Many New-World wine regions, particularly in California and Australia, have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from San Luis Obispo producers Saxum, Sine Qua Non, and Alban.

    The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 34 bottles owned
    • 15 collectors