|Flux is a Rhone-style blend of Grenache, Carignan |
and Syrah. Photo by TWAV
The wine list features only American wines and, in fact, they will wave corkage on up to two American wines depending on the night. I had thought about packing a couple of bottles to bring with me, but decided against it to avoid checking a bag.
With the Capitol dome in the background, our group of four settled in and I scanned the wine list. After a discussion with the sommelier I selected the 2010 Flux blend from California.
The wine is 67% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 13% Syrah. It is a project of Mark Herold, a top winemaker with a focus on limited production California Cabs. When he left his most recent winery, a non-compete clause prevented him from making Cabernet Sauvignon -- so he shifted his focus to Rhone-style wines.
This is a dark and smooth wine with medium body. It has plush flavors of cranberries and dark cherry with wisps of black pepper and tea. It is a vibrant wine with the soft Grenache benefiting from the earthiness of the Syrah. It was a great match for the shrimp appetizer and my roasted veal shank entree.
It's a beautiful bottle and can be had for about $30 retail. At the restaurant it was $75.
Rating: 4 of 5 Value: 3 of 5