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Cline Cellars Mourvedre Ancient Vines 2012

Cline Cellars Mourvedre Ancient Vines 2012

750ML    
Sku: 130879

Hints of Eucalyptus on the nose, distinct chocolate characteristics and a luscious deep plum flavor.

Tasting notes
Our Ancient Vines Mourvèdre offers distinct chocolate characteristics and a luscious deep plum flavor. Tannins are soft with a substantial mouth-feel.

Review
This wine starts with dark fruit, cocoa powder (like when you dump a packet of Swiss Miss in a cup and that little mushroom cloud of cocoa dust erupts) and a savory/meaty/smoky quality on the nose. Nice. More juicy dark fruit flavors (dark cherry mainly) on the palate, with a latte-like creaminess and a faintly herbal note. The mouthfeel is slightly sappy and the tannins are unobtrusive, but without leaving the wine feeling flabby and unstructured. This wine put a smile on my face.

Wine maker notes
Our Ancient Vines Mourvèdre offers a hint of Eucalyptus on the nose, distinct chocolate characteristics and a luscious deep plum flavor. This scrumptious and unusually delightful wine has a substantial mouth-feel followed by soft tannins.

Technical notes
Total Acidity: 0.7 g/l 14.5% abv pH:3.68 Residual Sugar:0.36 g/l Harvest Date: 08/28/2008

Other text
The 2010 Ancient Vines Mourvèdre draws from some of our oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing vineyard blocks. These blocks produce fruit that is of stunning concentration. We are able to reach this concentration as a result of sensitive farming practices, the singular Oakley terroir, and a unique cooling band of air that flows in from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. By naturally restricting yields to only 2 to 3 tons per acre we are able to achieve a sublime expression of the Mourvèdre fruit.

Food pairing
Try this wine with grilled lamb, wild mushroom ragout, duck confit or peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin. Check out the recipes at www.clinecellars.com/haveittonight.

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