About This Wine
There’s an old saying in the business world: Don’t mess with success.
For many years, the wine known as “Gypsy” has been among the most popular crafted under the Epiphany label, known for its medium-bodied palate, fresh fruit quality, and long, smooth finish. So what did Epiphany founder Eli Parker do when the 2008 vintage rolled around? He changed the “recipe.”
The good news is that he didn’t change it much. The even better news is that the change made the wine even better than its predecessors. “Gypsy” has traditionally been a California take on the great red blends of France’s Rhone region. But the cuvee always had included one non-Rhone grape: Petite Sirah.
For the 2008 bottling, the Petite Sirah was replaced by a variety associated with the Rhone — Counoise — joining Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah. And the result is stunning. It’s a charming wine that proves another old business adage: Sometimes, change is good.
About Rhone Red
- Grape Composition:Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Counoise and Cinsault
- Grape Source:Santa Barbara County, Calif.
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Strawberry Compote, Lavender, Black Pepper, Vanilla and Herbs
- Aging Vessels:500-Liter Puncheons and 228-Liter Burgundy Barrels (20% New) for 22 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionpot roast, polenta, or meatloaf.
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