At the expense of using a wine cliche I HATE, this is a grenache for people who maybe don’t like grenache. Beautiful deep fruited spicy character, robust and smoky, distinctly concentrated, with a sharp weedy pang of acid balancing out its almost-15% alcohol. A 50/50 blend of Murmur and Willow Creek District, this is a beauty.

2016 Shirah Wine Grenache Central Coast California 14.8