Saracina, Redwood Valley (Mendocino County, California) “Winter’s Edge” 2018

($30):  Why is this wine so captivating?  Maybe it’s because the grapes came from dry-farmed organic vineyards.  Or maybe because they came from old vines.  Or maybe it’s the unique field blend of Carignan and French Colombard, which is then blended with Grenache.  Whatever the reason, it’s a great combination of fresh, crunchy red fruit and spice.  Weighing in at 14.5 percent stated alcohol, it is not overdone or over ripe.  Indeed, it’s a light- to mid-weight energetic red that really is captivating.  Try with anything — chicken, beef, burgers — grilled this summer.  It’s their first vintage.  I hope it’s not their last.
93 Michael Apstein Jun 1, 2021