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Staff Pick

Edmunds St. John "Rocks and Gravel" - 2015

Item # 11071 750mL
$29.99/ Single Bottle
$359.88 $323.89/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

This wine's a bit on the wild side. A blend of red Rhône grape varieties, it sings with flavors of baked plum, dried cherry, white pepper, a bit of licorice, and some floral notes. Lovingly made from biodynamically farmed fruit from the Unti vineyard, foot trod and aged in concrete tank.

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Staff Pick Notes

The idea for this wine began in 1985 with the question, "What would a Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre blend from California taste like?" The short answer? Delightful. Winemaker Steve Edmunds is very passionate about the Rhône varieties, particularly Mourvèdre, with which he had an epiphany moment while tasting it out of the tank, pre-GSM blend, while in France. "This is what Mourvèdre is capable of!" I imagine he exclaimed. Rocks and gravel highlight the Mourvèdre, which makes up 47% of the blend, joined by 39% Grenache and 14% Syrah. It's light in color, but very vibrant with a medium body and mild tannins. Enticing pepper, cooked dark fruits, and something slightly meaty linger on the palate.

- TI

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