TWI (Lisa Perrotti-Brown) 100 Points: “The 2020 Mourvèdre is composed of 86% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah, and 2% Viognier, using 75% whole clusters. It spent 21 months in French oak barriques, 50% new. The wine was still in barrel when I tasted it, due to be bottled in a few weeks. Deep purple-black colored, it slowly emerges from the glass with earthy notions of crushed rocks, truffles, and fragrant soil with a core of plum preserves, fruit cake, and dark chocolate, leading to a fascinating waft of rose oil. Full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, grainy tannins with a lively backbone to support the densely packed, muscular fruit, finishing long and energetic. Simply stunning!”
Robert Parker 97-99 Points: “The 2020 Mourvèdre, blended with 12% Syrah and 2% Viognier, is already offering incredible varietal character and expression. Made using 75% whole clusters, fruit comes from several Central Coast vineyards including Alta Mesa (Santa Barbara County), G2 (Paso Robles), Larner (Ballard Canyon), and Slide Hill (Edna Valley). It will be matured for about 21 months, with 50% in new French barriques and 600-liter demi-muids and 50% in used barriques. Deep purple-ruby in color, the nose opens slowly to loamy earth, dried lavender, mint leaves, and a pure, concentrated core of cassis and baked blueberries. The palate is bursting with layer after layer of perfumed fruit. It has a fine, silky texture, alluring meaty accents, bursts of fresh acidity highlighting its perfume, and a very long, layered finish. ”
The vineyard sources this year were Alta Mesa (Santa Barbara County), G2 (Paso Robles), Larner (Ballard Canyon), and Slide Hill (Edna Valley).