Very nice. Mellow, smooth. More complex, with earthy, forest floor, meaty notes showing through a bit. Benefits from aeration and tastes better from a wide-rimmed glass (like burgundy) than a narrow-rimmed glass (syrah).
Aroma and palate include lots of red fruit, baking spice, oak, licorice and leather. Also hints of mocha and tobacco on the nose. I think the fruit is dominating now, but could change as Mourvedre is known to open up later. At the moment, I don't get the typical earthy/gamey characteristics common to Mourvedre. Medium acidity, high (but smooth) tannins, medium body and long finish.
Wine tasting party. Tasted blind. No one guessed this grape correctly - of course. None of the 9 tasters ranked this wine very high. Mild or thin in most ways with a touch of tart fruit. Still a bit tannic. Shows some earth & leather flavors too.
Aroma includes raspberry, vanilla, some floral. Taste is darker fruit - blackberry, plum, black cherry. Very nice balance - fruity, but not too sweet; plenty of tannins, but not overpowering. Full, round finish, not unlike a good Cab. It did improve with time in the glass. After 90 minutes or so, it was very mellow and didn't need the accompaniment of food. Looking forward to trying the other bottles over the next few years.
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