2016 Uphold Wines by Ryme Cellars, Red Wine, Lot 01, California.
Megan and Ryan Glaab of Ryme Cellars in Geyersville have created a second label Uphold Wines that are their way of giving back and all profits are donated to social causes and for the protection of equal rights, so here is a chance to drink some seriously fun and delicious handcrafted wine for the greater good of your fellow humans. The 2016 Uphold Red from Lot 01 is reportedly all Carignan, a grape the Ryme gang does exceptionally well and for the price, it is a killer little wine with a lovely quaffable personality and with crunchy fresh dark fruited profile. This Rhone (one of the Chateauneuf varietals) and Languedoc grape, found in Corbieres, Minervois and Gigondas wines, has been in the state for over a hundred years and old vine versions are easily as delicious and serious as Zinfandel, and can be found in many field blends from Heritage Vineyards.
Carignan or Carignane (as you sometimes see in California) is a grape on the rise and you are seeing many quality examples out there, especially from Pax, Ridge Vineyards, Martha Stoumen, Sandlands, The Princess and the Peasant, Broc Cellars and of course Ryan and Megan’s own Ryme Cellars, all must try versions of this varietal, just to highlight a few. The Uphold Red Lot 01 is juicy with loads of blue fruits and light spices showing layers of black raspberry, plum, blueberry and cherry fruits adding a touch of cinnamon, cedar and minty herbs. Everything seems easy, but substantial with a touch of rustic charm, this is super smashable and will be great with BBQ and hard sheep cheeses. Uphold is solid wine for a great cause, enjoy this over the next 2 to 3 years and be sure to check out the latest Ryme offerings, in particular, look for their Vermentino(s) and Aglianico, as well as the Ryme Carignan!
($20 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive