Review: 2005 Robert Hall Winery Rhone de Robles

I came to this Rhone-style blend with no real expectations. I don’t even know where the bottle came from. Color me surprised. Just sitting in the glass, three feet away, it fills the air around you with heavenly berry scents, cherry, raspberry, a precious hint of spice, and lush fruit.

Blended from 44% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 11% Cinsault, and 5% Counoise, this lively blend is perfect on its own and works well with lighter foods. I can’t imagine a better pizza wine. It’s silky and ultra-fruity, even though it hasn’t even been out of the cask for a year.

It’s not as “spicy” as traditional Rhone-style wines, but that’s not really a complaint. Some Rhones can be overly peppery, which makes them better with food and somewhat less pleasant on their own. I’m more than a little surprised a wine For $18, it’s a great deal, too.

A- / $18 / roberthallwinery.com

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