2009 Grey Stack Syrah-Grenache 'The Folly' Greywacke Vineyard
The second release of "The Folly," a Rhône-style Syrah-Grenache blend from Grey Stack in Sonoma County, is a stunner. The two grapes blend seamlessly into a lush, velvety red, redolent of blackberries and wild herbs with just a touch of smoke. Layered and complex, the 2009 is a great example of a California Rhône, this one made from grapes grown at Greywacke Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
This bottle shows its best with hearty braised meats and stews. Break out that daube pot or cast-iron casserole, throw in some beef or pork, onions, shallots, herbs and a bottle of wine. Several hours of simmering later: dinner for your Valentine, or anybody else.
—S. Irene Virbila
Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Price: From $20 to $35
Style: Rich and lush
What it goes with: Braised meats and stews
Where to find it: Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-9007, http://www.amazinggrapeswinestore.com; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, http://www.thewinecountry.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, http://www.thewineclub.com; Wine Lab in Newport Beach, (949) 515-8466, http://www.winelabnewport.com; and by mail from Grey Stack Cellars, (707) 228-1338, http://www.greystackcellars.com