Mark Herold's new Flux is a delicious blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Carignan. Try this great new release while it's still available.
Wine Spectator: "Firm and dry, with notes of cedar, red and black fruit, graphite and pencil shavings. The drying tannins give the flavors traction, with a cigar box edge. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022."
Robert Parker: "This is a beautiful wine from Mark Herold...This lineup is full of delicious, bold wines that deliver tons of pleasure."
Taking a cue from the famed Côtes du Rhône region of France, Mark's California version greets you with a cheerful ruby red color and whiffs of vibrant sweet and sour cherries intertwined with spicy white pepper. On the palate, luscious crushed raspberries and strawberries play against a fragrant blend of herbes de Provence and dusty baking spices. Medium-bodied and zesty - pairs with just about anything off grill. that's a hint - take it! 84% Grenache, 9% Syrah and 7% Mourvedre. Vibrant now, but has the ability to mellow and impress over the next 5- 7 years.
A fantastic red from Bedrock winemaker Morgan-Twain Peterson, one of the hottest young winemakers in California.
90 Points Robert Parker "Best Buy": "A Mediterranean blend of Zinfandel, Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah and assorted mixed blacks fermented with native yeasts and aged in primarily neutral containers (15% in new French oak), it is a California version of a high-class Cotes du Rhone. Lots of berry fruit intermixed with lavender, pepper and meaty black cherry and black currant flavors emerge from this satisfying, round, expansive, generous red. An outstanding, killer value that should provide pleasure over the next 1-2 years. If there is a better value in California wine, I would like to know about it."
....Morgan Twain-Peterson is one of the most impressive young winemakers I have ever met, and it’s not just because he grew up the son of a famous producer. Making wines at this level requires talent, passion, hard work and a great palate, none of which is easily inherited. Along with Mike Officer of Carlisle, Twain-Peterson is on a mission to rediscover what he calls California’s old-vine “heritage” vineyards. These historic sites planted by California’s early immigrants, often home to unknown field blends, remain some of the most fascinating vineyards in California. Officer and Twain-Peterson were tired of seeing these old sites gobbled up by industrial-scale wineries, so they decided to do something about it. Bravo."
An amazing value from the South of France - hurry!
95 Points Decanter: "60% Syrah, 40% Grenache. Lovely rich opulent and floral, black berry and plum nose, the palate is big with well layered fruit, attractively firm but soft tannin and hints of oak, a big wine with a lovely finish. *Gold Medal Winner Decanter Asia Wine Awards.*
Robert Parker: "A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, the Cotes du Rhone Saint-Esprit is a screaming value. If offers bold black cherry and blueberry fruit aromas, lively fruit flavors, silky tannins and a crisp, lengthy mocha-tinged finish. Drink this fun, bouncy little wine over the next couple of years."