From an 85-year-old Mourvèdre vineyard in the Moppa subregion. The two years spent in new French oak is noticeable at this young stage, it should merge seamlessly with the dark fruit given a few years’ time. Toast and cedar frame cola and earth, while the wine finishes with dark Asian spices. Unusually lush and rounded for the variety; drink 2008–2020.
Mataro is another name for Mourvèdre. The wine tastes like a good Zinfandel, very dry, not too alcoholic, with savory, black pepper-infused flavors of wild black and blue berries, licorice, gingersnap cookie, and sweet leather. The feeling in the mouth is just fine, a smooth, full-bodied caress of sturdy tannins and brisk acidity.
From Matt Cline, Rhône-minded co-founder of Cline Cellars who has access to some of Contra Costa’s oldest vines, comes this dry, stylish Mourvèdre. It has a tough, tannic quality that calls for something substantial, like roast pork with an olive tapenade stuffing.
After recently tasting a knockout bottle of the 2005, this was disappointing. Ample cinnamon and mocha notes accent slightly pruny flavors; the tannins are soft, while the acids provide a lemony edge to the finish.
You might think this was a big Pinot Noir, like a Santa Lucia Highlands, if you blind-tasted it. It’s thick and forward in blackberry, currant and cherry flavors, with a firm tannic structure, and very dry. Shows enough balance to age for up to six years.
Soft and jammy, with black and red wild berry flavors and low acidity. ItÕs so soft and sweetly fruity itÕs almost like raspberry syrup, although it does have some structure and heat from alcohol. Fans of sweet wines will like it a lot.
Very dry, but soft in acidity, this variety is also known as Mourvèdre. The wine is gentle and easy, with milk chocolate, black cherry, red currant, licorice and pepper flavors. Drink now.