Radiccl Reds for Rain (And for the Rest of the Season)

There’s something about a cold, rainy night that makes a glass of red wine almost necessary.  Plus, I’ve been craving chili and nothing pairs better with chili than a good Syrah, or Cabernet.  And this is why I was thrilled when the Radiccl wines were delivered this past Friday.  We just picked up Roy Dornfeld’s 2007 Radiccl Wines, which include a Sonoma Zinfandel, a Mendocino Syrah, a Santa Barbara Syrah, and a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Each of these wines are made from single vineyard fruit hailing from some of the most critically acclaimed regions.  The Zin is made with grapes from the Grist Vineyard, which looks over the floor of Dry Creek Valley.  The wine is smooth and full of dark berry fruit.  Roy’s Mendocino Syrah comes from the Alder Springs Vineyard that is planted on a steep slope with vines growing highly concentrated fruit.  This Syrah had red fruit and spice (and would go splendidly with my chili).  The White Hawk Vineyard in Santa Barbara was chosen for the second Syrah due to its proximity to the Pacific.  The location experiences a cool morning fog followed by a bright, warm afternoon that is ideal for these vines.  This gamey, red fruit concentrated, peppery wine was another favorite and great match for my food cravings.  Last but not least, the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the highly regarded Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard.  This vineyard yields some of the most amazing fruit grown in the Napa Valley.  Schrader, Paul Hobbs, Realm, Tor Kenward, Alpha Omega, Robert Mondavi, and Opus One all buy fruit from this plot.  And if you like any of those wines, you’d be crazy not to try Radiccl’s Cabernet.
Considering the pristine quality of these wines, I was shocked to learn the prices.  The Zinfandel and both of the Syrah’s are only $19.99, and the Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is just $36.99.  So, obviously, I’ll be buying a number of these wines this season for now and also for the holidays.  These wines have Thanksgiving written all over them.