Contra Costa County, San Francisco Bay

Cline Cellars

Small Berry Vineyard Mourvèdre 2002

Nose has blueberry jam, dried out brownie corner, dried blackberry, old leather and dried eucalyptus.

Palate has cedar & oak shavings, dark cocoa powder, blueberry-blackberry jam (low sugar), dried orange peel, (light) baking spice with light tannins and a long, dry finish. Decanted 3H.

Purchased several bottles in 2004, down to one left after this bottle. Last bottle was 213 weeks prior, and it assuredly didn't taste anything like this gem tonight. I recall heavy green notes and overbearing eucalyptus, even after 24 hours... I guess this just needed a solid 18 years to get going. Note to future self, last bottle should be 2022-26.
— 16 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Severn Goodwin Sounds like a good representation of Mourvèdre from your description.
Severn Goodwin

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Thanks @Bob McDonald This is the best of 5 out of 6 bottles acquired so far. California Mourvèdre bottles, when young, have been a tough sell for me in the past, they generally have been excessively green for my liking. This was an experiment to see how long it might last and see if still all the vegetation might drop out, success finally.

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