This is one of my favorite wines to drink at home. It is just so versatile and delicious that it is difficult not to have a bottle in the refrigerator at all times.
Depending upon the characteristics of the components, the basic proportion of this is usually around half Grenache, with the last half made up of Zinfandel and Syrah in some combination. In 2022 the optimal proportion was about 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Zinfandel.
Smelling nearly like a rosé champagne base wine, there is also Santa Rosa plum, hibiscus, maraschino cherry, and a trace of honeysuckle greeting the nose. Very mouthwatering at the beginning, the salivary response just continues to build as the flavors by aroma cascade by. The highly vibrant acidity (for those chemistry folks, the pH is under 3.10) carries all the way through, while strawberry-rhubarb flavors emerge. Finally, the finish is very clean and refreshing, inviting another sip. This is the perfect wine for so many kinds of food due to its stalwart acidic structure.