Top 100 Wines of 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
"2010 Holly's Hill Petit Patriarche El Dorado Red ($20, 14.5%):
The Cooper family's tiny Placerville label remains a top source for affordable, minerally Rhone-inspired wines. This mix of 86 percent Mourvedre with Grenache and Syrah, aged in neutral oak, provides a beautiful foothills expression: Flowers, white pepper and dried thyme accent fresh red berry fruit. Mourvedre to enjoy in the moment.
...Grenache continues to show its virtues, as does Mourvedre. In all, it adds up to a terrific time to be enjoying these varieties..."