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Mourvèdre

USA, Rosé, Mourvèdre, Stinson Vineyards, Monticello, Virginia, 2012

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100% mourvèdre N/ Suggest you wait at least 20 to 30 minutes after opening this bottle as some reduced aromas needed to escape, at least from the bottle I had. After the short wait, she delivers nice Rosé hallmarks of fresh bracing fruit and raspberries, with a very nice mineral and rock presence. T/ Medium mouthfeel. […]

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USA, Mourvedre, Crystal Basin Cellars, El Dorado Reserve, California, 2010

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N/ Sweet, steeped plum skins, deep leather and cigar box / maduro tobacco notes. Aged forest floor, cold cuts, wild herbs, dusty rich earth, and an unique hint of coconut. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. She fronts with an unexpected, but mouthwatering, acid pop that seams into currant, plum skins, blueberries, and a few tart cran/apple flavors. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel and Syrah dominated), Shannon Ridge, Wrangler Red, Lake County, California, 2009

Red blend of: 37% Zinfandel, 35% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera, 3% Mourvedre and 2% Tempranillo. Tasted 30 minutes to 4 hours post decant. N/ Juicy and ripe strawberry jam.  Burlap and clean canvas. Dry earth and light wafts of crushed granite. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Nutmeg and spiced red and purple berries. […]

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USA, Rose, Vin Gris de Cigare Rose, Bonny Doon, California, 2010

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Rose blend of: 71% Grenache, 16% Roussanne, 11% Grenache Blanc and 2% Mourvedre. Screw cap, which I love. N/ Hay. Watermelon. Burlap. Light strawberries. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium-high acid. Strawberries and lightly puckering cranberry.  Melon and mineral closer. Solidly made, but was hoping for more from this normally great producer. Simply was not that […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Cardinal Zin, Beastly Old Vines, Big House, Underdog Wine Merchants, Livermore, California, 2009

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Red Blend of: 80% Zinfandel, 10% Mourvedre, 8% Carignane, and 2% Petite Sirah N/ Less jammy than I was expecting. Stewed cherry and plum. Wet, slightly stale, black pepper. Sour cherry. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly chalky blackberries and plums. Soft closer. Winemaker = Georgetta Dane http://www.bighousewines.com/ Price = $9.99 I’ve really enjoyed other Big House […]

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Chile, Red Blend, Valdivieso, Eclat, Maule Valley, 2005

Red Blend of: 56% Carignan, 24% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah Note: suggest that you wait at least one hour before enjoying. N/ Dishwater, smoked cherries, blackberries, cedar. T/ Medium, warm, cherries. Tad fuzzy. Needs more acid and structure, but quite gulpable and easy drinking. Perhaps a good “introduction to Chilean wine” for a newbie. Price […]

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USA, Red Blend, (Rhone Style – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), Crystal Basin Cellars, “Victorie”, El Dorado County, 2007

Rhone-style Red Blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre. Note: Let breathe at least 1 hour, or preferably 2-3 hours, before enjoying. N/ Brick dust. Sweet, ripe cassis and currants. Confectionary. Black pepper. Light granite wafts. Tobacco. Deep oaks. Oyster shells. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Fat, ripe black and blueberries. Big, but […]

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USA, Mourvedre, Crystal Basin Cellars, El Dorado, Reserve, El Dorado County, California, 2008

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N/ Massively spicy, about as big as as it gets. Deep gamey notes. Seriously spiced cigar box. Stash of candies wrapped in a dry gunnysack. Leather and earth. LOVE this nose. T/ Full mouthfeel. Spicy, spicy, spicy! Huge tannins and meat, but so soft at the same time. Light oiliness, that serves to coat ones […]

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USA, Red Blend (Rhone style), Jarhead Wine Company, Jarhead Red, 2008

Red Blend (Rhone style) of: 57% Merlot, 27% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, and 4% Grenache N/ White pepper. Hardwoods. Smoked cassis. Cloves. Surfboard wax. Slightly hot. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. High acid. Angular. Clean lines. Black cherries and black berries. USA made, but French in fruit restraint and style. If you are looking for a […]

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Australia, Red Blend (Rhone Style), d’Arenberg, Stump Jump, McLaren Vale, 2006

Red Blend of: 48% Grenache, 28% Shiraz, and 24% Mourvedre. N/ Light burlap. Leather. Cherry. River stones. Tad hot. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Spice box. Dusty plums. Earth and graphite. Tobacco. Winemakers: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn, Phillip Dean, and Jack Walton Price = $10-16 retail. Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90

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