Personally, I’m more of a fan of the R8: in any case, it’s a rare pleasure to argue with a Cali winemaker over his choice of SEPTA commutes.
Kieran is a Philly native who got his start at Chaddsford Winery as a cellar rat back in 2005, back when Eric Miller was still the winemaker. He then jumped around California and France, learning the craft at a number of wineries over the years. For the past five years, he’s been making wine in Sonoma. His heart is still in Philly, and each of his wines have Philly-centric names (Jawn, for one). He even still vacations on the Jersey shore: Avignon looms large in his Instagram account. And he talks about moving back and starting a winery outside of Philly.
Let’s hope he stays in Cali for a bit longer, because his wines are brilliant. Even better, they are available in the PLCB Wine & Spirits stores.
This bottling is from Sonoma’s Bennet Valley. It balances the finesse of the Northern Rhone with the dense fruit and oak-driven panache of Northern California. Savory smoke and burnt wildflowers on the nose with cassis and creamy blueberry. Layered tannins and glycerine smoothness are pushed forward by a limousin oak sweetness. A fruit-bomb of a finish is balanced with black pepper and cardamom.