Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel 2002

Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California

Item No. 80258
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • RP90

Winemaker's Notes

Since the 1997 vintage, Rocks and Gravel has been our most popular wine. Inspired by the Southern Cotes du Rhone blends of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, it has deomnstrated, year in and year out, that California is a great place to produce red wines with a Provencal spirit. The 2000 and 2001 vintages were especially fine ones for Rocks and Gravel, and we were able to put together wines that were virtually indistinguishable from fine Gigondas.

In 2002 we weren't happy with any of our Grenache options, so the 2002 Rocks and Gravel is an unusual blend of, roughly 65% Mourvèdre, 25% Counoise, and 10% Syrah. Oddly, the results seem to evoke both the Cotes du Rhone, and points rather far North, way up in the Cote de Beaune. Go figure.

Bright crimson, a bit of blue at the edge. spicy, pulse-quickening aromas of graphite, tree-bark, blood, and mulberries, with deeper layers of smoke and underbrush. Very supple and textured on the palate, with some fat, and a great sense of structure and balance. Long flavors leading to a clean finish, and crying out for a second taste.

Learn About Edmunds St. John

In ten short years, Steve Edmunds has carved out an enviable reputation as one of the true pioneers of the California "Rhône Ranger" movement. Located in Berkeley, California, Edmunds St. John specializes in Rhône style wines such as Syrahs, Mourvèdres and the blended Les Côtes Sauvage.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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