This is a hodgepodge of grapes made in a "natural wine" style.  Twenty-five percent Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Cinsault, Mondeuse, and Zinfandel from one source; another 25% Valdiguié; and the rest Syrah, Tannat, St. Laurent, and Carignan made from vineyards across California.  This was being closed out at a local wine store for $20.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a sweaty sock quality to it.  Once you get past that, there are some cherries and pomegranate notes. Also a chalky quality.  On the palate, this has a nice texture.   Cherries and cranberries with a damp earthiness to it.  Turning nicely tart on the finish.  This is interesting and would work well with medium and heavier dishes.  It might age for ten years, but don't count on that.  Check in every year or so or just drink young.  Valdiguié is a grape often called Napa Gamay but also often grown in the Languedoc in France.  

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
88
Vintage: 
2017
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

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