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|Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2014 (based on 2 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 4 notes) - and median of 89 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by bretrooks on 2/23/2013: Double decanted for an hour three days before drinking, consumed at OCP4W XVI over 4+ hours. Similar to my 5/25/2012 note, this stood out from every other wine in the lineup due to its concentration, acid, and woody structural underpinnings. Rustic and unpolished, this comes off closer to an Amarone than most table wines, demanding a flavorful food pairing for full enjoyment. (272 views)|
| ||Tasted by wine-strategies on 2/23/2013: Served double-blind at a CT offline. bretrooks's tn of the same day is spot on. My first Tolo, but not my last. If all their wines have this kind of soul and structure, I'll be happy to taste as many as come my way. Not surprised this was opened days in advance of being served, it's crazy good at ~ $25, but not recommended for fruit-bomb lovers. 13,2% abv (530 views)|
| ||Tasted by bretrooks on 5/25/2012 & rated 90 points: Not decanted, consumed over ~2 hours. Nearly two years after the last one, this is coming together well. It started off slightly fumey with notes of tart berry liqueur, herbs, and too-forward acids, but it really benefited from time in the glass. The last portion of the glass was definitely the best, with the fruit and acid calming down and marrying well with the herbal, woodsy notes. It even seemed to gain some length in the finish as well.|
Plenty of life in these, but for current drinking, I recommend a long decant or extended time in the glass. (448 views)
| ||Tasted by bretrooks on 6/25/2010 & rated 88 points: Decanted ~90 minutes, consumed over ~90 minutes. Good depth, but currently disjointed. Cranberry, pine, potpourri, cocoa. Not sure if it's the alcohol or neutral oak which make this somewhat austere. I'd recommend letting this, like all Josh's wines, age in bottle for a while.|
(Why do I drink these so soon? Someday I'll learn.) (680 views)
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Red Rhone Blend Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.
A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.
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