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CDR Red Blend, 2013. Pull

CDR Red Blend, 2013. Pull

Item #: V1019R2DC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: CDR Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Berry, Earth
Palate: Full Cherry
Finish: Long and Lovely
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Red Meat, Game, Fowl/14.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection comes to us from Continental Vineyards. When Herman Schwartz planted this iconic vineyard in 1973, he probably had no idea that he would begin the golden age of the Paso Robles wine industry. Or, maybe he did. It certainly turned out that way.

Back then, Paso Robles had a total of 30 acres planted to what are called the Noble Varietals: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling. When Herman planted his 520 acres, obviously everybody took notice that something big was happening in the area.

Since then, Paso has become the fastest growing wine area in California. The course was to plant the popular varietals. But little, by little it became obvious that Rhone varietals were the ticket.

CDR is shorthand for Cotes du Rhone, a very popular area in France that produces lovely, flavorful wines at very attractive prices. The area is warm and dry, much like Paso Robles, and thus perfect for those varietals.

Our selection is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Grenache and Syrah are the staples of the Cotes du Rhone, but Petite Sirah isn't, unless you call it Durif, which is its name there.

You couldn't find a more classic Rhone blend anywhere, even in France. The Grenache provides the lovely cranberry and lilting cherry notes while the Syrah adds boldness and earthiness. The Petite Sirah completes the symphony with a snappy, exhilarating finish.

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