Helen Keplinger is a rockstar winemaker if we ever saw one. She’s made profound wines for Grace Family Vineyards, Carte Blanche, and as far away as Priorat; she has already appeared on the cover of The Wine Spectator. Look for exotic wild raspberry jam, cinnamon, clove, and earthy tones. The palate is juicy and plush and will knock the socks off of any Rhône hound. This is a wine for every night, every dish, any time.
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Red Blend leaps joyously from the glass with bright, expressive raspberry coulis, Black Forest cake and blackberry compote scents plus touches of garrigue, fertile loam, fried herbs and dried roses with a waft of Sichuan pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate is softly spoken with a wonderfully plush texture and oodles of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
A juicy, flavorful red with dried berries, figs and spice. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish. No-nonsense red. Mostly grenache with a lot of other things. Drink now.
The 2017 Vermillion checks in as a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Counoise and is make by the talented Helen Keplinger. It offers a Pinot Noir-like style in its dark fruits, spice, herbes de Provence, and savory, earthy aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied, elegant, and stays light on its feet and is always a joy to drink.