Varieties: 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Zinfandel, 10% Barbera,
Vineyard locations: Lodi, Mokelumne River, Livermore, Dunnigan
Tasting Notes: Juicy aromas of strawberry jam, raspberry, and red
plum jump out of the glass, with a light framing of toasty vanilla
oak. The lush mouth is soft and inviting, with layers of ripe
berries and red cherry, with the spiciness of a drippingly sweet
black mission fig and just the right amount of oak for framing.
Enjoy this crowd pleaser with BBQ'd pork tenderloin served with
grilled pineapple salsa and fresh corn tortillas.
When Chris and Elijah ventured into winemaking in 2009, they used
the centuries-old négociant model as there was so much high-quality
juice to be had for pennies on the dollar due to the recession.
Their first blend was a Cabernet from Napa followed by a Chardonnay
from the Russian River Valley. In 2012, the pair bought Nine North
Wine Company, a 50,000 case/year operation that produces
appellation-specific Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah under six labels.
With so much wine to play and create with, one day they were joking
about doing away with variety, appellation and historical blending
techniques traditionally employed, and just focus on making a wine
that tastes really great and over-delivers for the money. Chris
dropped the F-bomb, “Let’s do it!”
The first F Bomb Red was a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Tannat
which sold out immediately. Chris and Elijah continue with the
original goal of making a blend that is fun and tastes incredible
without the traditional limitations. Hence, the blend varies widely
from year to year depending on their whim of the moment. The only
constant is the inclusion of Grenache. Because they can.
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