Originally Posted by gomestar
lame question I suppose - but what exactly does "rhone style blend" mean? Is it just code for using syrah and grenache as major components in the blend, or do the flavor profiles have a tendency to mimic the Hermitages, Cote-Roties, and Chateaneufs of the Rhone region?
The term can mean differnt things to people because Rhone has numerous flavor profiles (Chateauneuf tasting very different than Cote Rotie)
But generally, I think these are the flavor profiles ones thinks of in traditional rhone style wines:
earth, spicy red fruit, pepper, game. A lot of people use rhone style now to describe the grapes they include in the blend. And some people even use it to describe a wine making style - higher acid, lower alcohol etc... to distinguish between syrah, grenache, mouvedre grapes that can taste so different depending on the region grown.
California is better known for syrah, grenache wines that are rich, ripe and fruit driven. The term rhone style blend is sometimes used here to describe a wine that will taste a little less like a typical California syrah/grenache based wine.