2013 Idle Cellars Kick Ranch Grenache
This wine is such a refreshing surprise out of Sonoma. In a land of big name varietals(albeit, some amazing expressions) this Grenache totally surprised me. Fruit forward but enough balance to sit for a bit. I love the nose as it gives off this dark cherry and leather aroma and I have to say the taste follows suit. I would crack this solo(as I would most any wine) or with a heartier meal such as pasta, pizza or lamb chops.
I had the pleasure of sitting with proprietor/winemaker Ben Larks a while back and enjoying this wine at his place just outside of the town of Sonoma. Sitting and bullshitting with a guy like Ben is what makes drinking wine so fun. Sure I think we talked about winemaking a bit but I really enjoyed the down to earth style he embodies when looking at life. From his one-liners about the neighboring rebar field to his woodworking studio. I think his outlook is exemplified in his wines. Nice work Ben. Look forward to next time.