Rob Folin’s estate blend Grenache (40%), Syran (30%) and Mourvèdre serves as another sign that Rhône varieties can thrive in Southern Oregon’s climate and soils. Misceo means “to blend” in Latin, and skilled winemaking creates dreamy aromas of sugared plum, Twizzlers Strawberry Twists and blackberry, joined by peppered salami and light toast. The drink is bold, juicy and lively, starting with its dark plum and rich tannin structure. There’s a bath of acidity in the waning moments with Montmorency cherry and Craisins. Suggested food pairings range from barbecued fare to Asian-inspired marinades and spicy tomato sauces, including the Folins’ recipe for Spicy Sausage Bolognese with Pappardelle. Their tasting room in the North Willamette Valley town of Carlton recently reopened for 2016, while the estate tasting gallery in Gold Hill opens up again on Valentine’s Day weekend.
Production: 162 cases