Tag: Mourvedre

Tranche Estate Pape Estate 2017 Columbia Valley, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, bing cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, dried figs, tobacco leaf, earth, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Long spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Syrah based Rhone blend from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up and shows the tannins and structure. Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Fruit forward with nice complexity. A good quality wine. Spicy, tasty and tangy.

I paired it with a beautiful view, but was even better with the Brie cheese.

A blend of 51% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 19% Grenache. Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Massaya Winery 2013, Lebanon

A couple of months ago I ordered a bottle of Lebanese wine at a local wine bar. After reviewing it, the owner of the winery got in contact with me. He decided to fly down to Orlando to meet with me, and brought a couple of nice bottles for us to drink.

The first one is a GSM blend that shows black and red fruits, wood, earth, vegetables, tobacco leaf, spices, wet leaves, black tea, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate with medium acidity.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs 45 minutes to open up properly, and show the tannins.

A blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

The second one is a Grenache- Mourvedre blend. Showing red fruits with wood, spices, peppercorn, coffee, earth, licorice, mint and black tea.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Medium plus in finish with nice tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 7 year old is fruity, yet showing lots of earth notes. A blend of new and old world wine.

Bigger than the GSM, with a nicer mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

A blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Mourvedre. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

Both these wines were very unique and kept on changing every 15 minutes in the decanter. I love this kind of wines.

Pierre Amadieu Romane-Machotte Gigondas 1981 Rhône, France

Light ruby in color with medium intensity and some cloudiness.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and light vegetables.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, cherries, strawberries, wood, wet leaves, herbs, forest floor, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in length on the finish with no tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice expression of a piece of history from Southern France. This 39 year old is still showing nice fruits with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Tasty and engaging.

Good right out of the bottle, and started dying after an hour of airtime.

Very enjoyable, even by itself, and better than I expected. Another great experience.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Château Clos st Michel cuvee Reservee Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015, France

Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Nose of bing cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, coffee, wet leaves, herbs, earth, vegetables, graphite and spices.

Dry and tangy on the mid palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea, earth, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, wood, wet leaves and bitter vegetables.

Medium finish with soft tannins and peppercorn.

This is a nice Châteauneuf-du-Pape from a great vintage. Would benefit from another 5 to 10 years of bottle time. Spicy and tangy with a lighter mouthfeel than I expected.

Not fully balanced yet, but enjoyable already. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

I paired it with meats, cheeses and olives.

A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

Netofa Estate Winery Latour Red 2016, Galilee, Israel

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, black currants, oak, licorice, spices, cloves, green olives, tobacco, light vegetables, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, wood, licorice, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and bitter herbs.

This Syrah blend from Israel is tasty and engaging. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Earthier on the palate than the nose. Bold and rich.

A good wine to pair with good friends. spicy, tangy and interesting.

Could use a few more years in the bottle, but already drinking very nicely.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and remove some of the acidity and bitter notes.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. Grapes are grown in the Galilee region and aged for 13 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

Jack Simon Vineyards Rosado Composition One 2018, San Diego County, California

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of citrus, red apples, melons, and white pepper. Nice and elegant.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, apples, raspberries, light grapefruits and spices.

Nice length on the finish with black pepper.

This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable Rosé from San Diego County, California.

Nicely balanced and not bitter on the ending at all, which I really liked. Crisp and refreshing with a tangy finish. This is a nice surprise.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$21.

Les Producteurs Reunis Vinsobres Côtes du Rhône 1978, France

Ruby in color with a brick rim and medium intensity.

Nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, earth, vegetables, wet leaves, spices, tobacco leaf, black tea, barnyard, black pepper and light bell pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, green vegetables, herbs, chocolates, wood, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather and smoke.

Short finish with no tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a nicely aged Côtes du Rhône. Showing great complexity and a soft mouthfeel. Not fully balanced any longer, but still very drinkable. I didn’t expect it to be where it was. What a nice surprise.

Drinking this 41 year old is a great experience. I kept smelling on it for a long time.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with light appetizers.

13% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

Domaine de la Grange Neuve Côte du Rhône Rasteau Rouge 1979, Southern Rhône, France

This is an old and stinky Syrah blend from Côte du Rhône.

Beautiful color of light ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light on the nose and stronger on the palate.

Very dry on the palate with plums, currants, licorice, light oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Long finish with no tannins at all at this point.

This 40 year old Côte du Rhône is still drinking very nicely. Such a nice surprise. Showing great complexity.

I’ve never had such an old Côte du Rhône, and this is a very interesting experience.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show the complexity.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of dried meats.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

Crux Winery Russian River Valley GSM 2014 Sonoma County, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, tobacco, leaf earth, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, vanilla, earth, tobacco, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy strawberries.

This is a very nice GSM blend from California.

Balanced and tangy with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy with enough fruits for the earthy notes.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes).

A blend of 58% Grenache 22% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 2% Petite Sirah.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses and light appetizers.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$46.

Austin Hope Winery Templeton Gap District Mourvedre/Syrah 2014 Paso Robles, California

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Big nose of over ripe blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried fruits, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light alcohol, vinaigrette, graphite, bonfire smoke and peppercorn.

Full bodied, big and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with prunes, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, tobacco, cola, chocolates, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, pencil lead and light vegetables.

Long finish with fine tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Syrah blend from Paso Robles. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A great sipping wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).

Still young and needs another few years in the bottle to mature and calm down. Might be too fruity for some.

I paired it with cheeses, dried fruits and light appetizers.

A blend of 50% Mourvedre and 50% Syrah. Aged separately for 26 months in 85% New French Oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.