India Ink is the perfect example of what happens when you let a brilliant chef play with wine. Pat Kuleto was the superstar chef and owner of Kuleto's in San Francisco. It was one of the top-rated restaurants in the country.
And of course, like most chefs, he loved to try different combinations of tastes and cultures and come up with dishes that stand out. Well, with this offering, he and his winemaker, John Clews, have certainly cooked up a rare one indeed.
They call this "curious blends" and the name fits perfectly. India Ink is a blend of two Bordeaux grapes, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, and two Rhone grapes, Grenache and Mourvedre. I couldn't taste this blend in my head or wildest dream.
The goal here was to just make fabulous wine no matter what the grapes were or where they come from. In this case, they're from Lake County and Napa. Lake has almost the exact same soil and climate as Napa, but without the expensive address.
This blend is one of the biggest, most imposing wines we've ever encountered. Part of that is the Malbec, and part is the ripeness of the other three. Once the blend is completed, the wine spends no less than 16 months in French, American and Hungarian oak, 33% of which is new.
Fruit, flavor and spice to spare is the order of the day. It enters with a force that may worry you about losing a tooth, but finishes with a soft, luscious bang.