I'm a big fan of the Cline Ancient Vine Mourvedre I've had in the past, and I'm always looking for Mourvedre to try, and rarely find it. Lately, it seems to be showing up as one of several grapes going into red blends, but I was drawn to the secondary billing Mourvedre gets on the Penfold's Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre, even though it's only an 80/20 blend.
There was an unusual combination of flavors when we smelled it. Kelly and I paused, looked at each, and pondered. "This will sound strange," I said. "But this wine smells like a BLT." Instead of ridiculing me, Kelly agreed. So there you have it: BLT on the nose: smoky, meaty, toasty, a crisp lettucey on the edges, a sweet sour promise of tomatoes. No mayo, though. No, we never said we were sophisticated with the language of wine, but we do promise honesty.
Even after letting it breathe for a while, it lacked real complexity for me. Okay, but ultimately dull, thin on the finish. This, sadly, did not warrant a cleavage shot. I continue my search for Mourvedre in the meantime.
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