Staff Selections • Bill McCleary

Seasonal Pick 2024

Land of Saints GSM

(Santa Barbara County, California )

Surdyk's Price

Challerhocker - Lütisburg, Switzerland – Cow Milk - $26.99/lb

A new red blended wine at Surdyk’s has a noticeable and intriguing label. “Land of Saints” plays with the many sainted California towns (Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara) and their religious mission sites of by-gone years. I’ve traveled to this Central Coast countryside, finding delicious, affordable wines here. This GSM is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre – traditional Rhone, France grape varieties, each providing a special character (color, aroma, fruit depth, over-laying spice notes, and tannic structure) to the finished wine. The vineyards are organically farmed, and the grapes are hand-harvested. Each grape variety is vinified and aged separately for one year. Deep, rich garnet color and a full nose of attractive aromas in your glass! The bouquet is scented with plum, dark cherry, and pomegranate fragrance. I like the fresh vitality of this red with enough tannic texture to firm up the wine. Spicy clove, sage and ground pepper hangs on the finish. Chilling the wine a bit adds to the taste. Enjoy all year long! (119674)