September 16, 2010

Edmunds St. John: The Best California Wines You're Still Not Drinking

Last summer (yeah, it's been a year already), I posted about one of my favorite California wineries, Edmunds St. John. I titled that post, The Best California Wines You're Not Drinking. Well, either for lack of creativity, or the fact that I really like Steve's wines, I'm revisiting that idea.

I've sung the praises of Edmunds St John wines many times here over the past year. Most recently, last winter I wrote about the profound and sublime 1993 Edmunds St. John Syrah Durell Vineyard.
This weekend I opened the 2001 Edmunds St John Les Robles Viejos, a California Rhone blend made in the style of the great wines of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region in France. The 2001 Viejos blend was again deep and dark with notes of garrigue, pepper, and dark fruit. Nice touch of acid runs across the back end. Drinking perfectly now. Yeah. Just a joy to drink. A nine year old Cali Rhone blend that held up nicely over two hours and still has some upside. Hello. It's a $18 wine. How does Steve do it? I think he might just be a genius.

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