An idiosyncratic journal of wines I buy from a mix of Internet sources and retailers in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area. Mostly inexpensive and moderately-priced stuff, reflecting my frugal New England roots. Cent anni!
Grown in the Santa Cruz Mountain area, this Grenache (from 101 year-old vines, grown on its original roots), shows off intense cherry fruit with a bit of black raspberry, along with a pungently stony minerality. It's very good, balanced, and focused, and not at all the fruit bomb one would expect from such old Grenache vines in California. In fact, it's a little on the lean side. This wine would do very well with pasta in a good meat sauce or grilled burgers.
Deep violet-tinged ruby. Dry cherry extract coats the mouth, along with stony minerals. Lots of soft tannin, as well as acids and alcohol. Not very complex, but satisfying and athletic in a linear way. B+. Was $17.99 from Winex.com.