Dirty & Rowdy, Unfamiliar Red
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Dirty & Rowdy, Unfamiliar Red - 2017

Item # 39533 750mL
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Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

Tasting Notes

This vintage was a turning point and D&R as the unfamiliar climatic conditions compelled them to make a Mourvèdre blend of several vineyards. The final wine is delicious and compelling as have been all the wines from Dirty & Rowdy.

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Staff Pick Notes

This wine is called unfamiliar for a reason: the producers put together a blend with three grapes, mostly Mourvèdre with some Syrah and Grenache, from four different Viticultural Areas, and tried to create a balanced wine without exactly knowing the possible final result! Or, probably, having in hand good quality grapes, they thought it was worth the risk. It was. Mourvèdre grapes give a concentrated and tannic wine but Syrah and Grenache play their role bringing elegance, spice, and floral aroma. It's a full-bodied, earthy wine that's still easy to drink and smooth in texture. In my opinion, not complex but satisfying.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both...

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Known as Mataro in California and Monastrell in Spain, Mourvèdre can produce bold, tannic, highly alcoholic red wines. They usually show no shortage of fruit as well, and the best examples keep it all in perfect balance. Rhône-style blends are cropping up all over the world, and one of the classic tried-and-true combinations is "GSM," or Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre. The "M" contributes focus and...

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California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it...

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