Why should you care? McPrice Myers is one of the Central Coast’s hottest young winemakers and his eponymous winery is an increasingly popular source for Rhône-styled wines that deliver power and energy. Myers’ second label, Barrel 27, was set up to produce wines in a similar vein, but at gentler price points and with more accessible personalities. For what’s essentially a one-man show, there’s surprisingly wide distribution of Myers’ wines, so cost-conscious wine lovers should have little trouble getting ahold of his wines.
What does it taste like? The 2010 growing season in the Central Coast was generally cool, which made for livelier wines than one normally expects from this mostly warm region. That pleased Myers, who makes wines that emphasize spice, herb and earth qualities in addition to the intense fruit for which the region is renowned. The 2010 Rock and a Hard Place Grenache displays deep red fruit and floral character without any excess weight, as well as a degree of complexity rarely found in a wine in its price range. It’s delicious already and I’ll bet it will be even better with a few more years of bottle age. My score: 90 points.
How much does it cost? $18