2017 Edmunds St. John «El Jaleo»
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Mourvèdre, Grenache, Graciano, Tempranillo
Dry, med-bodied red; flamenco in a bottle | Subtly-flavoured, complex dishes
Lovely crimson red color. Very pretty nose, so nicely integrated that it seems nearly impossible to discern the identity of any of the component varieties; it’s spicy, fresh, beautifully expressive and wonderfully elegant! Fresh, supple, and vibrant on the palate, with luscious tannins. Altogether suave, from start to finish. In a year or two, this should be stunning.
Winemaker Steve Edmunds and his wife Cornelia St. John first bought a couple of tons of grapes in 1985 and began tinkering with them in a warehouse near their home in west Berkeley. Over the last 30 years, Steve has done what all great students and learners do: he has listened. He listens to feedback from other winemakers, his consumers, and most importantly to what the land and the grapes are telling him from one vintage to the next. In a world saturated with degrees and qualifications in viticulture, Steve stands out for his unofficial self-education.