2006 *%#&@! (Rhone blend)
"They may call this "Potty-Mouth Red", but it's really another beauty of a wine made from Calaveras County fruit. This soft Rhone-style red blend contains grenache, syrah, and mourvedre. Blueberries, black plum and alluring floral aromas are followed by black and blue fruit flavors that are bright and will pair well with food. Very good QPR." - Dr. Debs on Good Wine Under $20
"Bright, deep ruby red color. Wildly aromatic with scents of tarragon, lavender and allspice accenting the core of ultra-ripe berries. Rich and ripe on the palate with flavors of blueberry and raspberry supported by complimentary notes of earth and brown spice. Tremendously balanced and wonderfully styled offering more depth and Old World charm than most of its peers." - BevX
28% Syrah - Tanner Vineyard
22% Grenache - Dalton Vineyard
Putting the wine through a vinturi, it recreated some of the initial aromas. Herbs, earth, spice, and pepper dominated, with fruit playing a secondary role. I quite like wines like this, and the two others did as well. We all agreed it was a nice change from the fruit-forward wines that tend to dominate the shelves.
All were impressed with the wine, and even more so when they heard the price. This is a wonderful wine.
A very versatile wine, it drinks well on its own but complements the right meal as well. Most recently, I paired it with roasted vegetables with fig balsamic vinegar and it was outstanding.