Clarksburg has long been California’s answer to the Chenin bounty that is France’s Loire. Kudos to [Blue Plate]; they’ve devised a great value that shows off a fresh pear blossom Chenin presence, with a bit of grassy bite and ripe apricot fruit. Fresh, crisp and breezy, with a tad of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay blended in.
Anderson, 30, started Blue Plate Wines in 2010 along with two friends. They are the first winemakers to accept BTC for their product… [Anderson] really thinks Bitcoin — or something like it — will succeed. “No one’s feeling that great about the dollar as we print more and more of them,” he says.
One would be hard pressed to find another California Grenache Noir of this caliber at this price. A well-made wine from high-elevation fruit, it opens with a slight nose of fennel and anise before showing off a meaty dark plum depth of flavor, firm tannins and a long finish of tobacco. It’s fairly priced, too.