This Syrah from Lake County is one of my favorites. Perfect for pretty much any time of year, I would open this up during Fall or Winter. It is delectably smooth and silky - a perfect balance of body, spice, and dark fruits, this wine is seductive and sexy. Feel free to lay this down in the cellar for 4-5 years as it will continue to gain complexity. 977 cases produced.
I tried this wine for the first time on a scorching hot day on the patio at one of Sonoma's best Mexican joints - El Mollino Central - and had the pleasure of chatting with winemaker, Andy Graef himself. On that day we tasted through a few of his wines and over an assortment of Mexican food and I was stunned that the wines were all complex and bold enough to stand up to the food, but also refreshing enough to keep me coming back for more on a hot day - it's amazing what good acid and balance can do.
Founded in 2011, Graef Wines is a micro-production winery that is part of the new guard of winemakers focusing on making food-friendly wines with as little winemaker intervention as possible. A true garagiste, winemaker Andy Graef (a former ad man), began making wine for himself in his garage. He honed is craft gleaning important insights from winemaking veterans. The resulting wines are pure expressions of the fruit and the locations whence they came and and refreshingly true to varietal. Already appearing on some of the country's best wine lists and earning praise from important critics and somms alike, we're proud to bring you this portfolio of micro-production wines.More from this winery
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