Cline Mourvedre

Rating: 88
Price: $9-14
Wine: Cline 2003 Ancient Vines Mourvedre
Region: USA, California

The mourvedre grape is principally used in French Southern Rhone wines, such as Chateauneuf du Pape. However, it is best showcased in wines from the Bandol AOC, often showing a note of "barnyard". In this form, coming from California (Carneros I believe) the wine is much more fruit forward, so the banyard is in the background. This is a fantastic wine for the money, very vibrant fruit and balanced tannin. It's sturdy enough to stand up to some spicy foods, and very enjoyable on its own.

Cline is known as a consistent producer of quality Zinfandels, and there are terroir notes in this wine that also show up in the Zins. The most exciting thing is that this wine will expose many new people to this wonderful, and largely unknown grape.

A Votre Sante!

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