Tablas Creek - 2014 Cotes de Tablas
Composition: 44% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 12% Counoise, and 8% Mourvedre, from Tablas Creek estate fruit
Price: $35 at Tablas Creek in Paso Robles, CA. Can be found at Spec's for a little closer to $30.
Notes: Starts off with loads of red fruit (raspberry and cranberry), followed by some spice, minerality, and earthiness. There's a touch of a green element too (eucalyptus?). Medium body and tannins but it has a lot going on, and it doesn't show any heat from the 15% ABV. Well made and well balanced.