Friday, March 27, 2009
I dig Graves.
Graves, Monkey Wrench, Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles, 2007.
I had this at the Diane Harder tasting at Campanile a few weeks back and it was one of my favorite finds! Lovely floral notes, jasmine, great soft texture that somehow, even though its grown in Paso, is able to maintain nice acidity, and just really well balanced. Easy drinking, perfect for spring. Perfect for a rich cream sauce.... actually come to think about it, anything is perfect for a rich cream sauce. I believe it has a very light touch of RS, maybe 2 g/l, but now I can't remember. Typical!
I asked why it was called Monkey Wrench and the beautiful young female winemaker, Hilary, told me because it's such a pain in the ass wine to make. Something always goes wrong with it. I like that. She makes many more wines, GSM sorta blends, with names like Rock Candy and Trim Stinger.
It's a family business, Hilary, her hubby and her dad. BUT the problem is I don't actually know where you can find it. Has anyone seen it here in LA? If not, that's just too bad!!!! On wine-searcher, it looks like its available at the Wine Connection for $21.99. A long drive, but a great price for a really great little wine.