Edmunds St. John 2004 "Rocks and Gravel" California Red Wine ($20.00)
Very dark reddish-purple with a clear garnet edge. Black plums, grilled meat and smoke. Flavors are consistent with the nose, structured black fruit built on a firm acidic backbone and soft but persistent tannins. Ripe but not jammy, berries and plums and stony minerality in a long finish. Tasted again after 24 hours in the open bottle, it has opened up quite a bit, showing a little more black fruit with a hint of licorice on the nose; flavors similar to Day One but more open and accessible. Young enough and sturdy enough that extended breathing (several hours, decanted or poured into glasses with vigorous aeration) will enhance its accessibility. US Importer: N/A (Sep 11, 2007)
FOOD MATCH: Grilled beef or lamb would be perfect, but it wasn't a mad match with a light meatless dinner of caprese with heirloom beefsteak tomatoes, fresh basil and locally made fresh mozzarella with extra virgin Spanish olive oil; it also fared well with Manzanilla olives.
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