Wine Advocate | Rating: 96A blend of 86% Mourvedre and 14% Syrah using 70% whole cluster and spending about 23 months in French oak (30% new), the 2014 Mourvedre has a very deep garnet-purple color and fragrant nose of mulberries, blackberry pie and preserved plums with hints of underbrush, beef drippings and black pepper, plus an exotic touch of cardamom. Full-bodied with loads of lively, savory layers, it has a firm, chewy backbone and persistent earth and aniseed layers coming through on the finish. This wine was reminiscent to me of Beaucastel's Hommage a Jacques Perrin and when I mentioned this to winemaker Jim Binns, he smiled and said that was his inspiration. 70 cases were made.Drink Dates: 2017-2034Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 36 bottles owned
- 9 collectors