Cedarville’s ode to Priorat, this is a mix of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. The three get along swimmingly, amusingly mixing into a triad of dark blackberry, dark licorice and dark chocolate. The rich texture is on the mark, and the wine provides just the right heft for any spicy, brawny meal.
This Syrah, with 3% Viognier, exhibits pretty cherry and raspberry tones, with a lingering touch of orange peel. It is concentrated, with a silky texture, mellow tannins and a meaty backbone.
From this very high mountain vineyard in the Sierra Foothills comes this fine, although tannic, 100% Syrah. It certainly has Northern Rhône aspirations, in the peppery, leathery complexities that accompany the blackberry, currant and cedar flavors. Those aforementioned tannins are big-time, but a slice of grilled beef will tame them.
A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, this is an invitingly juicy and spicy rosé, packed with strawberry-mint and pomegranate flavors and a long, savory finish. It’s a great introduction to this winery and its talent for creating Rhône-inspired wines.
Cedarville’s estate-grown, Priorat-inspired blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, is well made and inclined to age. It’s still soft and oaky with a hint of leathery cassis and game. Imagine a Spanish fiesta for this food-friendly wine.
A juicy Syrah with 10% Grenache, this wine is as mountainous as the slopes on which it was grown. The wine shows red and black fruit, quite ripe, and has enough structure to last for years, the long finish accented by rich touches of espresso and dark chocolate.
A dark, dry, tannic and rustic wine, made from this old variety. Very full-bodied, with moo shu plum sauce, anise, black currant and cedar flavors. Like a blast from 100 years ago, the kind of vino rosso the pioneers used to make. Will last for many years.