Now here’s a grape I don’t see a lot of as a stand alone wine. I see a lot of it blended in small amounts into other wines, but rarely do I get one labeled as Mourvedre. I love it though, and tend to squeal with excitement when I see it on a winery’s tasting list! And if I see it and they aren’t pouring, I try hard to make friends with the host so he or she might give me a little taste. I almost always buy some when I see it, so it’s worth it to give me just a little taste….! Tonight I chose the 2005 Navarro Mourvedre. I bought this at the winery on our 2008 CA trip, but it wasn’t on the tasting menu so I didn’t get the price written down. It clocked in at 13.6% alcohol by volume and had a real cork closure. I want to say I paid $26 for it, but don’t quote me on that!
On the nose I found smoke, juicy fruit (the gum), mulberry, blackberry, blueberry, pepper, and cedar. Despite all that, I would still describe the nose on the wine as reserved; it took quite some time for the aromas to emerge, and the wine was served at cellar temperature. In the mouth I got blueberry, mulberry, pomegrante, cranberry, sandalwood, anise, and tart red fruit. This wine has great acidity and structure, I’d love to try it with a roast beef or a tri-tip!