Sunday, January 30, 2005

Late Harvest Mourvedre

Cline, Late Harvest Mourvedre "Big Break Vineyard" Contra Costa County 1999 ($21 for 375ml) -- California. This is my first taste of a late harvest Mourvedre so I am hard pressed to compare this producer to others. My first impression is that it reminds me of Port, although the alcohol is only 14%, which is less than a modest Chardonnay these days. The residual sugar is 8.4 grams and the Brix at harvest was 37.8. The grapes were left on the vine an additional five weeks to "gain ultimate maturity and ripeness."

The nose is a heavy, sweet dark berry aroma, and the flavors are sweet, full-bodied and Port-like. The finish is not terribly long and the mouth-feel is thinner than a typical Port. However, this is a good dessert wine and paired well with Polly's Mom's cookies (Bless her heart! Thanks Molly!). We will see tomorrow if this has the same punch as a Port. If there are no posts Monday, you will know!

If you can find this wine (810 cases produced), I would suggest bringing to your next dinner party for a change of pace.


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