From Cigars (Flying) to the Rhône Ranger to Popelouchum, Randall Grahm has a long history of reimagining the traditions of France in a distinctly personal way.
The Language of Yes (a distinctly odd name) is Randall’s next chapter. A continued exploration of the central California Coast through small-batch vinous experiments, light touches and a deep love of the land.
If the grapes and soil have anything at all to say, we cannot imagine a more faithful interpreter.
Beginning Summer of 2023, we will have a home, or at least a sort of ad hoc billet – I believe the young ‘uns call it a “pop-up” – through the fall at the Edna Valley Vineyard Tasting Room in, you guessed it, Edna Valley, located at 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
If you haven’t yet visited, Edna Valley is a dramatically beautiful space and well worth the trip. I’m hoping to make a few appearances there myself over the next few months and will keep you thoroughly apprised of such doings. TLOY wines will be available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are highly recommended, though walk-ins will be accommodated when possible.
Overall, 2022 was an excellent vintage in the Central Coast, and the vineyards from which these grapes derive did not suffer the debilitating effects of unseasonably warm weather. The Cinsaut and Grenache received substantial skin contact to enhance the fruit expression of the wine. The 2% addition of Tibouren may seem like a homeopathic addition but adds additional complexity.
91 points from Wine Enthusiast, November 2023
Lovely aromas of watermelon and peach pick up a floral tone on the nose of this rosé blend of 72% Grenache, 26% Cinsaut and 2% Tibouren. Similar fruit flavors are encased in firm tannins on the broad and likable sip, cut by bright acidity.