08 Consistency of Rhone Valley Wines

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  1. Why is the Northern Rhone subject to vintage variability?
    • Continental climate
    • Inconsistent and unpredictable weather
  2. Is the Northern Rhone more consistent than Beaujolais or Burgundy?
    Yes
  3. Describe how Cru vineyards are planted
    • On well-exposed slopes to maximize sunshine hours
    • Sheltered from the Mistral wind, hail, snow, etc.
  4. Why is the Southern Rhone NOT subject to vintage variability?
    • Most vintages are "classic" because of predictable and good weather patterns
    • More variation is found in the AOC law and winemaking techniques than in the climate
  5. Name some good and bad vintages in the Southern Rhone
    • Superb vintages: 2003-2010
    • Hot vintage: 2003 produced greater intensity of color, fruit, and tannin than typical
    • Bad vintage: 2002 floods wiped out much of the crop (rating 11/20 in South and 13/20 in North)
    • Vintages good for whites but not reds: 2000 in North, abd 2002 and 2008 in North and South

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mikedutch
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08 Consistency of Rhone Valley Wines
Updated:
2017-09-04 19:26:56
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Wine Scholar Guild Rhone Master Level Program
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