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.
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