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California Wines

California Wines

California Wines

California Wines

With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world’s most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region’s produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it.

While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California’s most talented.

Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover worth their salt would die to visit. California’s quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine, making it feel like a unique, standalone piece, rather than a derivative.

A New World region rises to join its viticultural forebears. Its meteoric rise to fame has been nothing short of stunning, and today California can compete with the world’s most prominent wine regions.

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2019 levo 2 2 tango grenache California Red

The 2019 Grenache 2 2 Tango is terrific. A blend of 76% Grenache, 15% Graciano, and the rest Syrah, sourced from multiple sites throughout the Central Coast (mostly Ballard Canyon), it has a cool, lively, incredibly elegant style to go with textbook Grenache notes of red and blue fruits, ground pepper, and herbes de Provence. It has fabulous purity of fruit, and I’m a fan. Drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years.Jeb Dunnuck | 95 JDThe 2019 Grenache 2 2 Tango is a blend of Grenache, Graciano and Syrah. Boisterous and racy in the glass, the 2019 has a lot going on. Bright red berry/plum fruit, licorice and spice all open in the glass. This is an exuberant style, but the tannins are pretty fierce. Give it a year to soften.Antonio Galloni | 91 AG

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2020 Andremily Grenache

The 2020 Grenache is absolutely brilliant, and unquestionably up with the finest examples of this variety out there. Based on 78% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah raised in 50% new oak, it has a kaleidoscope-like bouquet of kirsch liqueur, ripe strawberries, spring flowers, incense, and ground pepper, to name just a few aromatics. This carries to a full-bodied, multi-dimensional, layered, hedonistic beauty with velvety tannins, a powerful yet somehow still fresh and elegant mouthfeel, and a blockbuster of a finish. It will evolve for two decades.Jeb Dunnuck | 100 JDA blend of 78% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, the 2020 Grenache is showing well from barrel at this stage. Fruit comes from Slide Hill Vineyard in Edna Valley, the Alta Mesa Vineyard and Larner Vineyard in Santa Barbara County and the G2 Vineyard in Paso Robles. It was made using 70% whole clusters and will be matured for about 21 months in 50% new French barriques and 50% used barriques and 600-liter demi-muids. Opaque ruby-purple in the glass, it has pretty scents of cinnamon, prosciutto, crushed red and black cherries, potpourri and amaro. The medium-bodied palate pairs concentrated, juicy flavors with an uplifted frame of grainy tannins, and it finishes with loads of latent spicy accents. Tasted on May 25, 2022, it is due to be bottled in mid-August of 2022. Around 400 cases and a few magnums will be made, and it will be sold as a three-bottle box set ($330). Magnums will be packed and sold in a box set with the 2020 Andremily EABA.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94-96 RPThe 2020 Grenache is a powerhouse, just as it was from barrel. Blackberry jam, chocolate, licorice, new leather, menthol and cloves are all amplified in this heady, explosive Grenache. There’s not much subtlety here. On the plus side, though, Jim Binns turned out a terrific wine in a year that was brutal for Grenache.Vinous Media | 93 VM

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