A blend of about half Grenache, followed by Cinsault and a touch of Syrah, this is another solid offering from an iconic California winery. Always good, the 2018 vintage of this “grandfather of New Word red blends” (Wilfred Wong) shows aromas of plum, pepper and that refreshing edge of dried mint. The palate is bright and refreshing, with complex, savory spices. Keep a grip on your glass, this lively wine is full of energy!
There are few winemakers in the world that strive to push the envelope like Randall Grahm. Since leaving UC Davis in 1979 with a degree in Plant Sciences, he has worked tirelessly to champion the idea of making wine that tastes like the place it was born. His devotion to Rhone varietals landed him on the cover of Wine Spectator in 1989 where he was dubbed “The Rhone Ranger.” Eccentric just doesn’t do the man justice. He constantly tinkers and experiments with new ways to highlight the grapes that he loves, and in 2009, published a book called, “Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology” in Iambic pentameter for all you Shakespeare buffs. His wines are like him: expressive, dynamic and full of energy, and this bottle is one of the secret weapons in his arsenal!
Randall Grahm’s ever-evolving ideology shifted again for the new label and blend of this bottling, which includes 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 13% Syrah. Aromas of plum, cracked pepper, crumpled carnations and dried mint lead into a bright, refreshing palate of hibiscus, anise and a curry-like spice.VN91
Deep, shimmering red. Displays lively red berry, cherry and floral qualities on the nose, along with building suggestions of exotic spices and succulent herbs. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering fresh raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that slowly turn sweeter with air. Shows sharp delineation and spicy cut on the impressively long, silky finish, which emphatically repeats the red fruit and floral notes. This vintage marks a sharp and intentional change of direction and style for this iconic wine as winemaker/owner Randall Grahm wants it to exhibit more finesse than it has in the past.