From Poetic Cellars comes this powerhouse of a Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre blend, poeticrhone.jpgthe 2007  Mantra, made from Livermore Valley grapes by Katy Lovell.

A graceful yet sturdy red, Mantra exudes a fragrant meatiness, with cassis and pepper  balanced by minerals. Use it as you would any decent Rhône wine, with lamb, cheese, pasta.

Hurry on up to the gorgeous Poetic Cellars tasting room and pick up one of the few remaining bottles — $34.