2009 Flux, Proprietary Red (by Mark Herold) California.
Mark Herold’s personal label of wines, after leaving his famed Merus and making the wines at Kamen and Kobalt, is a great set of Rhone based wines, especially nice is this Grenache blend the 2009 Flux Red. Made mostly with Grenache with doses of Syrah and other black grapes the Flux is a rich and flowing wine with dark berry, grenadine, currant and plum layers while pepper, lavender and anise add life and complexity to this fruit driven wine. The 2009 Flux has about 14.5%, but feels vibrant and fresh with everything in balance and it finishes with some nice mineral tones and stays focused throughout never straying to pruney or overripe. This effort is a welcome style and we give pleasure to his fans and to the drinkers of European wines. The Flux is a most try for Grenache and or Chateauneuf fans and it offers a great value for the artisan quality found here.
($28 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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