Rare release from Outpost and superstar winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.
91 Points Robert Parker: "The Outpost 2017 Grenache is made from 100% Alban clone 2 Grenache and spent 14 months in neutral oak. It reveals a pale to medium garnet-purple color with fantastically intense raspberry tart, Morello cherries and redcurrant jelly scents plus underlying wafts of roses, tilled soil and Ceylon tea. Full-bodied and firmly structured, with bags of bright, crunchy red berry flavors, it has a plush texture and a lively backbone, finishing long and perfumed. 342 cases were made."
91 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lots of white pepper, candied orange, red plums, and meaty, spicy notes emerge from the 2017 Grenache. It’s a classic expression of Outpost Grenache, playing in the savory, medium-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum. It can be drunk today or cellared for 10-12 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."