Broken Earth CdR Rhone Blend Case (12)

Broken Earth CdR Rhone Blend 12-Pack Case
$99.99 $216.00 54% off List Price
2011 Broken Earth CdR, Estate Grown, Paso Robles


CoffeeMate and I were excited to get selected as Grape Debaters! We picked up our bottle from our designated wine receiver (the UPS and FedEx guys thinks my mom is a lush thanks to all of the wine we ship to her house) and popped it on Monday with a steak dinner. We were excited about the blend (56% PS, 21% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 3% Viognier). Popped and poured without decanting.

Right off the bat the color was a bit different than expected. Beautiful dark hued red but I was expecting more deep purple from the PS. Didn’t get much on the nose except for some dustiness and alcohol (listed at 14.4%) but, then again, allergies have been acting up so your mileage may vary. The first sips were all plum and sour cherries with subtle notes of white pepper. If you’re into Paso wines, that shouldn’t come as much of a shock. CoffeeMate noted this one was fruit forward without being obnoxiously sweet. To quote my dear wife, “I would buy this”.

This wine was a fun pour but didn’t really hold up to the steak much. Food accentuated the jamminess. So, in a nutshell, a fun buy but not a must buy unless you really dig Paso fruit.

I wasn’t able to reconcile the awards mentioned in this deal with the San Francisco or Denver wine competition websites. Anyone find the correct references / links? Thanks.

I received this lovely bottle of Broken Earth winery’s 2011 Estate CdR blend (Paso Robles) to sample. The website states that it is a Rhone Blend. It is screw-cap wine, and the label states that it is a blend of Petit Syrah, Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier. It was harvested in Oct. 2011 and bottled in July 2013.

The label also suggests that this would be a good pasta wine. I guess I’m not good at following directions: I enjoyed the wine all by itself, and it held its own as a solo sipper.

This wine is ready to drink out of the bottle. It opened up very little at all in the time I was swirling and drinking, but it was good to go right on first pour. This doesn’t make it less enjoyable, but it will disappoint those who decant everything to eke out the nuance of every part of its evolution. The initial smell, while initially floral and fruity, did have more toasty aromas mixed with the fruit later on.

It is a medium-bodied wine, enough to produce some nice legs in the glass. While being, as the label says, “fruit-forward”, it is nevertheless a dark flavor – sort of a lighter, more sophisticated “Apothic Dark”. Much more sophisticated. I tend to think of fruity as being light, open fruits – the label suggests strawberry. I’m getting more of a spicy blackberry.

The wine does have subtle oaking, and I can taste a slight dustiness on the tongue – just enough to be pleasant. Mixed with that was a fair amount of spicy “zing”.

My cheapskate delight is to find highly rated wines at a price below ten dollars. I felt like this would be the case for this wine. It is a really sophisticated daily-drinker, which is a very pleasing paradox for the skinflint. I’m not sure where the regular price of $216 listed in Woot’s offer comes from ($18/bottle). The winery website has a regular price of $15 and a current sale price of $12. Even so, today’s deal is a good one.

PS: Many thanks to my friend who, on the occasion of the birth of his first grandchild, asked if I would review this wine for him.

SF Wine Comp here:

Since when is a PS-heavy blend like a CdR?

It’s an alternate CdR blend.

Well, once upon a time some Pets (aka Durif) was grown in the fringes of the Rhone…and used in plonk wines…

8.25 per bottle? fahget about it.

agreed, fake news!

From there web site, looks like WOOT inflated the retail price again

2011 Broken Earth CdR
The wine is deep garnet in colour and the aroma is dominated by masses of fruit. It is a wine that will appeal to many, even those with a preference for whites. The texture of the wine has a ‘white wine’ feel to it but presents with all the complexity of a beautifully balanced red.

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Woot isn’t intentionally inflating retail prices. Woot isn’t intentionally leaving states off the list.

Enough of this, people.

While I agree with you, If i’m opening a CDR I’m not expecting a PS, but the notes seem to reflect a lighter PS was used in the blend, so maybe it works.

Every brick and mortar store I have ever been to to purchase wine in has a list price and their price. Why is this any different? To make it apples to apples WW adds a shipping estimate to the equation.

In regards to this frequent complaint. To quote my project Director “Why is this so stupid?”

I’m unsure of how you can complain of an industry wide practice of showing a price comparison vs list price.

Hey guys, let’s focus on the wine. I’m sure if you want to drive around town from store to store, you might find a bottle cheaper but it’s not delivered to your door.

You also don’t have the benefit of our tasters and community discussion. And winery participation in many cases.


Disappointed to see no Illinois on this one. Seems to be happening more often to our state these days. Oh well.

I’ll drink to that!
Seriously, that’s what makes Woot my go to place for wine…the community!

Interesting reading -

From the link:
“While not one of the officially sanctioned grapes of the Côtes du Rhône AOC, Petite Sirah’s linking to Durif caused the California’s Rhone Rangers to add the grape to its listings of wine in 2002.”

If it’s not intentionally then what is it, numbers and facts don’t lie.