2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre 'ESPECIAL' Alder Springs Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Mendocino County
Drink between 2018 - 2020 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • MikeATL wrote:

    May 2, 2020 - Still an example of gluggable spicy tangy goodness.

  • MartyL wrote: 91 points

    January 28, 2020 - Still very much ticking, but much of the youthful exuberance has worn off. Now it’s a lovely soft thing, still bright and light on the palate, but the red fruit is more muted, especially on day 1. By day 3 the fruit is more expressive, but still not what it was in the first couple of years past release. Could be bottle variation at work, but this one is also noticeably softer and more delicate than my note on another bottle tasted around 6 months ago. This was more along the lines of a Baden Spatburgunder or Jura Trousseau than the juicy Beaujolais character of the wine’s youth. It’s still a lovely tipple, but Hardy recommends drinking these in the first year or two after release and I think that’s probably the right approach.

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  • BillBell73 Likes this wine:

    August 14, 2019 - Damn, I just love how Mourvèdre takes to the carbonic treatment. It’s got just enough of a rustic edge to keep the wine from veering into strawberry jolly rancher territory...I dig the balance and tension here so much.

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  • MartyL Likes this wine:

    August 11, 2019 - Bullseye.

    This is all fresh and crunchy red raspberry deliciousness on the nose, and it's light as a feather on the palate. This still has some spritz to it, so give this a vigorous shake or the 2-decanter swish back and forth 10-20x treatment if that sort of thing bothers you. I *think* there might still be a reason to buy and drink other, fancier, wines, but I'm really not sure since something this joyful and delicious is also available. Points simply can not capture how much this wine is in my wheelhouse.

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  • yaCellar Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 27, 2019 - Weekday drinker hall of fame contender. The anti-Mourvèdre Mourvèdre. Among the lightest, crispiest, juiciest that red wine can be.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Dirty and Rowdy
  • Varietal Mourvèdre
  • Designation 'ESPECIAL'
  • Vineyard Alder Springs Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Mendocino County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 85 (36%)
  • Consumed 148 (63%)

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