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Still Life with Randall Grahm, MacBook Pro & Bonny Doon 2011 Clos de Gilroy


Bonny Doon Vineyard’s 2011 Clos de Gilroy is made from grapes not quite right for BDV’s top bottling, Le Cigare Volant (clos but no cigare, as Randall like to say).

83% grenache 7% cinsault 6% syrah 4% mourvèdre

from various locales around the Central Coast AVA

I love the […]

Mourvèdre Monday #28: Bandol Rosé

With spring just around the corner, my pick for this Mourvèdre Monday is a lovely little Bandol rosé. Bandol, located within Provence, is France’s only wine region where Mourvèdre is the dominant grape. In other words, heaven. I couldn’t find the exact varietal composition of this bottle, but the Bandol AOC regulations require at least […]

It Tastes Good, But I Don’t Like It

Have you head of the new “Locations” project from Dave Phinney (of Orin Swift)? I hadn’t until recently. He’s sourcing the wine from sites across France and blending them together:

2011 is the first vintage of our French red wine sourced from some of the finest locations throughout France. Grenache from the Roussillon, Syrah from […]

Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class – Part 2: Pinot Noir

Chilean Pinot Noir is not something I have a lot of experience with, so I was happy to get to taste three side-by-side as a part of the Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class blogger tasting. I’ve previously posted about the three Sauvignon Blancs that were a part of the tasting. And there will be […]

Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class – Part 1: Sauvignon Blanc

Recently, I participated in the Wines of Chile blogger tasting Terroir Master Class. Fred Dexheimer led the tasting from Chile while sitting with and chatting up the winemakers. We bloggers followed along via video, twitter and a chat tool. It was great fun.

There were 3 wines in each of 4 flights: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot […]

Oddball Wine of the Week: Tempranillo Blanco

I’m always game to try something unusual when it comes to wine. On this blog you’ll see as much Baga as Bordeaux, as much Tannat as Tuscany, and more Mourvèdre than Merlot and Malbec combined. So you know when I had a chance to taste a Tempranillo Blanco, I was all over it. That’s […]

Cleavage Creek Trio

I am long overdue to review these wines from Cleavage Creek, kindly provided as samples by the winery. I had been waiting to do some sort of tie-in with Breast Cancer Awareness Month or something like that (Cleavage Creek donates 10% of gross sales to various breast cancer research organizations.) When I heard the awful […]


Price: I paid $16.81 via Garagiste.

Like a fruit punch popsicle on a stone stick. Vibrating with energy. Meaty. Full. Hot. B

Mourvèdre Monday #25: M5 Monastrell 2009 Yecla

First Mourvèdre Monday in the new format!!

Image credit: Alaskan Dude via Flickr

I’ve tried 3-4 of the wines in this lineup over the past year or two and this is first one that has really grabbed my attention.

Price: around $17


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