Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel 2011
Pretty, dark ruby-red color, lovely mineral and fruit-tinged aromas, fresh, savoury, and thirst-provoking. After a bit, the raspberry from the Grenache, and the smoke from the Syrah poke through just a little, but the melange is seamless. Medium-weight flavors, silky textured, with fine delineation and nerve, tremendous length. Really delicious, now, should be great over the next five or six years
We have little taste for most of the wines of the New World and Australia; however, we greatly admire some of those produced by the "second generation" of California vintners, ... above all, those of the astonishing Steve Edmunds; his wines do more than express the particular personality of the vintner and have entered the arena of those that are an expression of the land and culture.