"We're your kind of wine." When I hear that I wonder if the guys really know my kind of wine. You get used to disappointments in this line of work.
When I took the cork out, the color was surprising. This was grenache and carignane. It was transluscent. It had that look of life, of not being worked for extraction. Curious piqued.
If you can't read, here's the fine print: low on tanin. Smoky lamb, cooked plum, strawberry purée. Delicate. Touch of skunk, which is good. Touch of bitter, which is good. cola. Very slight tannin.
I was pretty taken with it.
Intrigued with it.
The wine sees no wood, and is on that vin de soif category, at 12.5% alcohol. Let me repeat that, 12.5%. So I Facebooked with one of the makers, Michael Christian, who gave me the low down.They aim for all older vine San Diego fruit. Not believing in the cabernet route, but in the Rhône varietals, and in old vines. Grenache and carignane from highish altitude and crushed granite.
Not whole cluster, but whole berry ferment. No wood. They say no adds, and it tastes that way. There is inoculation for malo, 'cause they want/need to bottle it early and as it's their first vintage, perhaps, lacked confidence. The guys are in their early 50's but absolutely part of the new wine generation, those who are trying to reign back and to express something local and authentic, whatever that means. They don't know yet, but let's see what they do in the next vintages.
2010, sells for about $24 a bottle. The quantity was 125 cases. Big! But promising.