Pluots, boysenberry cobbler, Italian leather shoes, burdock root, pepper grinder, Good & Plenty’s, cherry salt water taffy, sagebrush, grilled venison medallions, squid ink, vanilla flower.
Wine Spectator 90 - "A racy, spicy red, with dried cherry and smoked pepper aromas and snappy raspberry, licorice and spice cake flavors. Drink now through 2024."
The Wine Advocate 90 - "Another sexy wine that will have you pouring another glass is the 2014 Groundwork Mourvedre Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard (100% Mourvedre aged 18 months in almost all neutral oak). It is medium to full-bodied, textured and lively, with classic notes of spice, underbrush, kirsch, caramelized meats and sweet cherries. It opens up nicely in the glass and is another no-brainer geared for drinking over the coming 3-4 years.
I continue to love these value priced releases from Curt Schalchlin. He gets some great fruit from throughout the central coast, and these are forward, textured, character-filled wines ideal for near term drinking."