Do you know the secret ingredient at the heart of Bandol, the zip code behind the most sought-after rosés in the world? Mourvèdre. Wanna know *another* secret? Long before a Berkeleyite named Kermit made Bandol a "thing" with his French homegirl Lulu Tempier? This was being planted all over the great state of California by immigrants who knew the spicy red grape would thrive in their new quasi-Mediterranean landscape.
Leave it to SF Chronicle’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year, Ian Brand, then, to absolutely nail a Cali-tuned version of the Bandol Ideal. Just as with the Frenchified version, Mourvèdre here lends the wine more structure and gravitas than your average salmon-hued quaffer... and yet there's a freshness and vivacity here that ensures this is one pink to *drink*, and not merely discuss!