Cline Ancient Vines Mourvédre 2005

Cline MourvedrePrice: $15
Maker: Cline Cellars, Sonoma, California
Varietal: Mourvédre
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Alcohol: 14.5%
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Cline Ancient Vines Mourvédre 2005 appealed for several reasons – one doesn’t encounter too many Mourvédre (or Monastrell) selections in the wine shop, and anything that claims to be from “ancient vines” always has extra appeal for me. The first sip was a bit disappointing – the wine didn’t seem to have the flavor intensity that I’d expect from an old vine, relatively high alcohol red. Fortunately, some extra breathing time brought the Cline Mourvedre around nicely. It has a nice, if undistinguished, fruity aroma. The flavor offers rounded plum and chocolate-covered cherry notes, with a slightly peppery finish. The extra air turned the wine into a big, bold red that would compare with a good Zinfandel.

Cline’s website talks about this wine,

The 2005 Ancient Vines Mourvèdre draws from some of our oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing vineyard blocks. Consistently, this vineyard produces fruit of stunning concentration as the result of sensitive farming practices, the singular Oakley terroir, and a unique cooling band of air that flows in from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. By naturally restricting yields to 2 to 3 tons per acre, our old vines achieve sublime expression of the dark, dusty berry fruit quality that is so characteristic of our Ancient Vines Mourvèdre.

We enjoyed this wine, and would also suggest it as a nice hostess gift – its flavor is bound to delight, and the “ancient vines” label adds some extra romance.

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