Jolie Laide Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 2018

Jolie Laide GSM

Ripe and sweet-smelling blueberries, black licorice, dry-aged beef, violets and lavender and earthy spices come to mind on the Jolie Laide GSM’s deep, complex nose. In the mouth, the wine is layered, intense and youthful. Red berry and plum fruits peek through along with mandarin orange, new leather and cracked black pepper. Built to last […]

Alder Springs Kinesis 2013

Alder Springs Kinesis

A blend of 49% Grenache, 19% Mourvédre & 32% Counoise from, and by, the mystical “Alder Springs Vineyard” in northern Mendocino County. Reminds me of a Northern Rhone Valley Syrah in its cigar wrapper, black olive, rosemary and raw lamb leg smells and flavors (oak too…the 14% new French oak frames the “wildness” of the […]

Trinafour Rosso Misto 2017

Trinafour Rosso Misto

Old vine Grenache and Carignane from Mendocino’s Redwood Valley are married in this bright, intense, food-friendly red. I smell and taste red raspberries, cranberries, wild cherries, pomegranate, white pepper and fennel frond. Reminds me of a top-notch Corbières or other such Southern France red wines with great character and no oak. I’m a big fan […]

ANDREW MURRAY Esperance 2016

Andrew Murray Esperance

This GSM (60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre) from Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley is big-time winner for $25. A rich and spicy red through and through, get dark strawberry preserves, cocoa, cinnamon, black pepper, licorice, lavender and smoked beef jerky. It’s round and luscious in the mouth with a long finish that combines […]

DIRTY & ROWDY Familiar Mourvedre 2018

Dirty & Rowdy Familiar

A bottle of Dirty & Rowdy Mourvèdre is a look into the future of California winemaking. A champion of the grape, co-owner and winemaker Hardy Wallace has put the grape on his shoulders and introduced it to the next generation of wine lovers through his engaging use of social media. “Familiar” Mourvèdre tastes like ripe […]

MERISI Grenache 2016

Merisi Grenache

From start to finish the Merisi Grenache is all about perfectly ripe strawberry and raspberry fruits, mouth-watering acidity and loads of fresh violets and white pepper. Unapologetically medium-light bodied, the wine’s intensity makes it special. Enjoy this as you would a fuller-flavored Carneros Pinot Noir. Merisi co-owner and winemaker Mandy Heldt Donovan is making tiny […]