Red Varietals

Tempranillo

Pronunciation: TEM-pruh-NEE-yo

Grape profile: A European varietal used to produce Rioja-style wines, also grown in Southern Oregon.

Wine tendencies: A rich, full-bodied wine, with dark, ruby-red hues and with spicy, peppery, rich flavors.

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Zinfandel

Pronunciation: ZIN-fahn-DELL

Grape profile: Thought to be an Italian varietal, primarily grown in California.

Wine tendencies: Zinfandel can produce two kinds of wine: if the skins are left on during production, a rich, full-bodied Red Zinfandel

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Syrah

Pronunciation: seer-RAH

Grape profile: A French varietal used in Côte du Rhone, grown throughout the world.

Wine tendencies: A dry wine with spicy, smoky, berry flavors and dark red hues.

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Primitivo

Pronunciation: PRIM-uh-TEE-voh

Grape profile: A clone of Zinfandel, grown throughout California, and increasingly in Oregon.

Wine tendencies: Primitivo produces a rich, full-bodied red wine.

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Sangiovese

Pronunciation: sahn-joe-VAY-zeh

Grape profile: An Italian varietal commonly used to produce Chianti.

Wine tendencies: Sangiovese produces a dry, medium-bodied wine with light, fruity flavors.

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Pinot Noir

Pronunciation: PEE-noe NWAHR

Grape profile: A French varietal from the Burgundy and Champagne regions.

Wine tendencies: The flagship of Oregon’s wine industry. Pinot Noir is a fruity, peppery, full-bodied wine with deep red hues.

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Pinot Meunier

Pronunciation: PEE-noe MUHN-yay

Grape profile: A French varietal from the Champagne region.

Wine tendencies: A medium bodied, fruity wine with flavors of black currant and plum, and with rich, reddish hues.

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Petit Verdot

Pronunciation: puh-TEE vare-DOH

Grape profile: A type of red Bordeaux grape that ripens late in the harvest season.

Wine tendencies: Often blended with other wines to add tannin, structure, and flavor.

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Petite Sirah

Pronunciation: puh-TEET SEE-rah

Grape profile: Also known as “Durif”, a cross pollenation of the Syrah and Peloursin grapes.

Wine tendencies: A dark, inky wine considerable acidity, with a firm and chewy mouth feel. Dark berries and fruit flavors.

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Nebbiolo

Pronunciation: nay-be-OH-low

Grape profile: An Italian varietal from the Piedmont region.

Wine tendencies: Produces a rich, fruity, full-bodied wine.

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