Steve Edmunds (of Edmunds St. John) is the winemaker of one of our new favorite bottles: Bebame Red 2011, a blend of 93% Cabernet Franc with 7% Gamay from El Dorado county in the Sierra Foothills of California, fermented and settled for four months in stainless steel (without added yeast.)
It's super herbal, with hints of thyme, smoky tea, black licorice, and volcanic earth. We love that it's only 12% alcohol, we love that the fruit tastes fresh and bright, we love that it's not heavy or jammy or hot. It sells for 20 bucks and sometimes less. Bebame means 'drink me' in Spanish, and you'd better listen.
Try this wine with salami and olives, grilled eggplant, or octopus with roasted tomatoes.
Sample provided for review consideration.