This arrived Tues in my PrimaIlConsorzio shipment, so served it as a mystery wine last night:
1. AmapolaCreek CuveeAlis MoonMtnDist/SonomaVlly (15.6%; 66% Grenache/22% Mourv/12% Syrah; EG; U/U; RichardArrowood/Sonoma 2013: Dark color; very strong grapey/Grenache/bit strawberry/rather plummy bit alcoholic light toasty/oak attractive nose; lightly tart/tangy strong Grenache/plummy/strawberry/grapey light toasty/oak polished/smooth/balanced attractive flavor w/ light smooth tannins; very long lightly tart ripe/plush/grapey/plummy/Grenache/slight strawberry light toasty/oak smooth/balanced finish w/ light ripe tannins; shows the more ripe/bit oafish side of Grenache; a pleasant enough Rhone blend but just that; a bit on the boring side; bit pricey at even the PrimaIlC price. $48.00/$28.00 (PrimaIlC)
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. AmapolaCreek is the 3'rd reincarnation of DickArrowood, after his rise to fame at Ch.St.Jean and then ArrowoodWnry in 1985. I have, of course, followed him from the very start, at Ch.StJ. Alis is Dick's wife. In his day at Ch.StJ (and at Arrowood), Dick made some outstanding botrytis BA/TBA wines. Mostly he makes the rote Chard & Cabernet. He does have MonteRosso Zin and PetiteSirah.