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.
Mondeuse is a bit of a different grape typically found in the French Alps region of Jura. This is a version grown in the mountain sunshine of the Napa Valley of California which gives it a bit more ripeness while retaining the depth. At 9 years from vintage, this is still youthful but in a good drinking window. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, tart cherries, slight floral notes and lots of minerality. On the palate, this is more about tart cherries and minerality. With air, it gains weight but the profile is the same. No tannins to speak of. Good with food. Nice fin