77% mourvèdre, 16% grenache, 5% cinsaut, 2% syrah
Del Barba, Alta Loma, Rancho Solo, Bechtold, Coastview
Drinkable upon release (Feb. 2017), 4-7 years ageability
2015 Cigare Alt. E
February 2017 DEWN Release
Almost sold out!
$30.00 per bottle / $324.00 per case
$25.50 per bottle / $288.00 per case (Members)
In 2015, it was the Mourvèdre (77% in this blend) that ended up as the odd cépage out. Its character is unmistakable in this Alternate Dooniverse. A very open and frank nose—sappy, sarsaparilla, strawberry jam, with a suggestion of raspberry or blackberry leaf, verging on mintiness—definitely more floral than fruity. And there is the subtle character of beef bouillon, which is a total Mourvèdre give-away. But here’s the real oddity of this wine. Upon opening, one imagines that this is perhaps a “light” or perhaps “medium”-bodied wine, that is to say, almost weightless on the palate with very soft and elegant tannins. But the wine will fool you. Like a proper Burgundy, with air and time, the wine just blossoms in the glass, gradually building in body; you will definitely want to drink this in a balloon glass, if you can swing it. (After a fair bit of reflection, I’ve decided that this sort of unfolding is perhaps the one feature shared by all of the wines that I absolutely adore.)
Food Pairing Notes
Szechuan Tuna, Dijon Mustard-Ginger Sauce. Pan Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Compote. Chicken Liver Mousse. Rosemary & White Bean Stew.