2016 Grimms Bluff
If easily imagined as coming from a fine Napa Valley vineyard, the grapes for this beauty grow just northwest of Santa Barbara’s Lake Cachuma. Its bright, high energy nose poises red currant jelly, sour red cherry, Italian Maraschino cherry, pomegranate syrup, cedar, mace and baking-spice scents above “crushed rock” minerality. It proves deeper if just as bright on the palate, where density, grip, zest and focus align to bring food-worthiness to fruit and spice elements that closely mirror the aromas. The juicy finish lingers with a rush of red currant, red cherry, baking-spice and sweet tobacco, balanced by tannins and a firming mineral note. Delicious now, it should grow more so for several years. 800 cases made.