From the sand-swept wine district of Contra Costa on the Sacramento Delta. The 130+ year old own-rooted vines of Frank Evangelho make for a complex, aromatic, hauntingly delicious Carignane. Smell and taste plum sauce, dark red raspberries, beefsteak blood, licorice, black pepper and rosemary. Medium/full body, medium acidity and firm, fine tannins on the roof of the mouth during the savory 25 second finish. Super-duper highly recommended!
KEEP is an up-and-coming, husband & wife made/operated tiny winery based in Napa. They squeeze in the time for their own brand while keeping their day jobs. Jack and Johanna both have wine-making experience past and present (Jack is Assistant Winemaker at Matthiasson Winery) so they make the KEEP wines, and manage their vineyard sources, as a team. The wines are typically 12-mid 13% alcohol, have healthy acidities and minimal sulphur additions. They make myriad intriguing, delicious wines, each laced with an element of mystery (the grape, place, style) that makes wine exciting. I recommend them all.
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