If you haven’t watched the first season of “Only Murders in the Building” on Hulu, watch it now. And, then, start binging Season 2, as it may be even better. Our latest “Cogill Wine and Film” podcast on reVolver Podcasts shares why (linked here.)
And, to pair with the unlikely trio of podcasters and detectives, an awesome wine from Chronic Cellars in Paso Robles, The Unteachables ($35). I had a chance to visit the dry-farmed vineyards for this robust beauty a few weeks ago when temperatures were climbing well into the triple digits.
Thankfully dense, hearty, rugged varieties like Tannat, Alicante Bouchet, Petit Sirah, and Mourvedre thrive in arid, hot conditions that have become the norm in many parts of our world. In Paso, they produce powerful, concentrated wines with high tannin and alcohol. But thanks to the talent of skilled winemakers, like Chronic Cellars’ winemaker, Kip Lorenzetti, the wines have balance, with acidity taming the tannin.
Chronic Cellars began in Paso Robles in 2004 when founders and brothers, Josh and Jake Beckett, wanted to create something edgy, sparking conversations, with a bit of humor. They wanted it to be decidedly different from their parent’s endeavor, the highly successful brand Peachy Canyon which began in Paso Robles in 1988, helping put the region on the map, particularly for Zinfandel wines. Chronic Cellars labels are kitschy, but the wine inside is fruity, ripe, and delicious.
The Unteachables came together as a nod to Chronic’s founders, a trio of unruly characters, bringing together 48% Syrah, 29% Petite Sirah, 23% Tannat layered with concentration, showing notes of tobacco, lavender, blackberry, blueberry, and prune, with structured tannins and a chalky finish filled with what Kip calls “Paso dust.”