Last weekend I was at a special release party of a joint venture between Joey Tensley, the Syrah wunderkind from Santa Barbara County, and Ceclie Dusserre of Domaine de Montvac in Vacqueyras. She contributed 3 barrels of Gigondas (70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre), he contributed 3 barrels of Colson Canyon Syrah. The made 6 barrels of this blend, and bottled 145 cases. It knocked my socks off. This is clearly a case of a result being more than just the sum of it's parts. Not only can you actually taste both regions in one wine, but it also expresses new flavors and aromas that come as a result of the marriage of the two wines. They call the wine "Detente." I think the only way to get it is through Tensley Wines in Los Olivos, CA. I believe that in a few years this wine will be even better. The winemakers both said that they expect about 10 years of aging potential. I have no horse in this race, and I'm not trying to sell anything. I thought others might like to know about something truely new and different. I bought my case already. Hope some of you get a chance to try it for yourselves.
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Originally posted by Dave Tong BBP:
Sounds Interesting. What's the appellation on that one then? "Earth"?


Naw, it's narrowed down to Northern and Western hemispheres. I like Tensley's syrah, but have not had that Rhone producer's wines, but have drank my share from the region. An interesting concept, and brings a whole new meaning to "Rhone Ranger". There was a thread a ways back about mixing different wines. Imagine ponying up to a wine bar one day and ordering a 47 Cheval Blanc and 02 Hillside Select, shaken, not stirred.
Thanks for posting on the Detente. I've been a fan of Tensley for a couple years now and have been anxiously waiting for this wine. I would've loved to have gone to the release party, but couldn't quite convince the wife to make the trip.
A couple of years ago, I remember reading about a small batch of cab-syrah blend made between a top Bordeaux and a top Rhone producer, selling for $150-200/bottle or so. Does anyone remember that? Has anyone tried it?

I bought a bottle a long time ago when I was tasting at Wente winery in Livermore, a wine called "Duetto" which was cab-merlot blend, with roughly half of the grapes coming from Livermore and the other half from the Baja Peninsula. It was the 1997, and it was a pricey wine ($50 at the time). We had it probably in 2006 or so, and it was really excellent, probably a 92-93 point wine.

Here it is on CT: Duetto
Ah, here it was. A wine called "Historical XIX Century," made from cab and merlot from Chateau Palmer's 2004 vintage, blended with 15% syrah from an unnamed Rhone vineyard.

Description and picture are here: The Link

It was a tribute to the 19th Century common practice of blending in syrah into Bordeaux reds.

And then there was this:

from Winespectator.com

"• Two of France's most renowned winemakers, Bordeaux-based Michel Rolland, who consults for wineries all over the world, and Michel Chapoutier, owner of the Rhône Valley's historic Chapoutier winery, are jointly producing a limited-edition red wine from their estates. Called M2 (a.k.a. "Michel to the power of two"), their blend revives the 19th-century practice of giving a boost to what were, at the time, the lighter wines of Bordeaux by adding rich, dark Syrah from the Rhône's top appellation, Hermitage. The wine, which will have to be bottled as a generic vin de table, comes from the exceptional 2005 vintage and is a 50-50 blend of Merlot from Rolland's Château Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol and Syrah from Chapoutier's L'Ermite vineyard. M2 is currently aging in barrel, and the partners will sell around 240 numbered magnums and 26 double magnums as futures via an online auction in late November. The proceeds will go to Chapoutier's charitable foundation, M. Chapoutier Vins et Santé, set up in 1994 to help children with leukemia. (Visit www.mchapoutier-vinetsante.fr for auction details.) In a non-blind barrel tasting this past spring, Wine Spectator senior editor James Suckling called M2 potentially outstanding, and described it as "wild and exotic, yet refined and pretty."
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Bob Egelhoff makes a joint venture wine called Two Worlds using Napa Cabernet and Barossa Valley Shiraz from Two Hands.


Why? Razz


I frankly can't ever enjoy any Cab/Syrah(Shiraz) blend.
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Originally posted by Randy Sloan:
Bob Egelhoff makes a joint venture wine called Two Worlds using Napa Cabernet and Barossa Valley Shiraz from Two Hands.


Why? Razz


Good question. Seems like a terrible waste of Napa Cabernet.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Randy Sloan:
Bob Egelhoff makes a joint venture wine called Two Worlds using Napa Cabernet and Barossa Valley Shiraz from Two Hands.


Why? Razz


Good question. Seems like a terrible waste of Napa Cabernet.


Big Grin... we must pull a few corks together again soon!
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Big Grin... we must pull a few corks together again soon!


Well, I could come to Big D, or you could come to Napa. Which sounds more fun?

I recently joined Facebook and am starting to reconnect with folks I would have attended Kimball High School with if we hadn't moved. And there are all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins in Dallas. Guess I should head out again.

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