94 Points - The Rhone Report
One of the best things about WineHeist is tasting wine from so many great producers, and seeing the diversity of California vintners. This week we are not only featuring a producer new to WineHeist, we are also featuring a grape variety that is a little off the beaten path. The Mourvedre grape is often used as a piece of the blend in wines from the Southern Rhone, and in Australian "GSM" (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blends based upon these Rhone wines. It is only featured as a single variety wine in the Bandol region (and others in Provence), and certain regions of Spain, but it is fairly rare to fine one from California, and especially to find one as distinctive as this offering from Core Wines in Santa Maria. This unusual wine is definitely one that shouldn't be missed by anyone who enjoys trying something a little bit different.
The 2007 Core "Mister Mourved" Alta Mesa Vineyard Mourvedre is dark ruby, almost purple in color, with an exhilarating nose of black cherry, raspberry, briar, and smoked meat. The palate is equally intriguing, with the same beguiling mix of lighter, red-spectrum fruit, accompanied by darker, earthier, meatier flavors on the finish. This is a hallmark of Mourvedre, and it is interesting that this grape that is so often blended with Grenache and Syrah sits so neatly in between them in terms of flavor profile. Core blends 7% Grenache into this blend, which softens the edges of the Mourvedre and seems to add an extra layer of depth. With good acidity and medium to full body, this wine would pair well with a wide variety of dishes, and would be perfect with lamb chops or pork belly. If you enjoy stepping outside the box when it comes to California wine, stock up on this one and fool a few friends in a blind tasting with this intriguing and exceptional wine.
Vineyards: Alta Mesa Vineyard
Composition: 93% Mourvedre, 7% Grenache
Cooperage: 37 Months in Barrel
Production: 200 Cases
Core wine company is a family run winery located in Santa Maria Ca. Their primary vineyard is the Alta Mesa vineyard, located in Eastern Santa Barbara county in Cuyama Valley. They also get fruit from Laetitia, Camp 4, Rodney's and French Camp, all located in Santa Barbara County.
Other than the Core brand, they also produce C3, Kuyam, and Turchi wines. Core concentrates on making wine in a unique vineyard driven style to produce complex and satisfying wines.
Learn more at www.corewine.com.