Vermillion, Red Wine, California 2014
We talk a lot about winemaker Helen Keplinger, on and off the clock. The attention to detail in her wines makes them the stuff of legend. From gracing the cover of Wine Spectator in 2014 to being the current winemaker for Grace Family Vineyards and her eponymous label, Helen's list of accomplishments goes on and on. This is a serious wine with the complexity and palate to show for it. The nose gives off beautiful layers of wild strawberry, black licorice and graphite followed by insane flavors of red and black fruit, dried herbs, and a red vine finish. This vintage is a blend of 55% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, and 5% Petite Sirah. “Vermillion” is a collection of brilliant red hues made from grinding cinnabar crystals. Used since the 8th Century, it was revered by painters from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, and difficult to procure due to the few mines and dangerous conditions of its production. The size of the mercuric sulfide crystals determined the hue of the final color, resulting in pigments from bright orange-red to intense, dark black-red. Yes, this wine is as exciting and detailed as the description you just read. Thirsty? 14.5% alc. Only 400 cases produced.
*Discounts 10% on mixed/matched orders of 12 bottles or more.