2011 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Mourvèdre

SKU #1152288 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made with 25% whole clusters, with 20% new oak): Inky purple. Smoky, spice-accented aromas of blackcurrant and cherry compote, with a hint of licorice in the background. Densely packed and weighty but showing unlikely energy on the palate, presenting gently sweet black and blue fruit flavors. Juicy acidity adds finishing clarity and bite, while dusty tannins provide grip. This wine should age slowly.  (6/2013)

91 points Vinous

 The 2011 Mourvèdre Bedrock Vineyard, from a site planted in 1888, presents a much more typical expression of Mourvèdre compared to the Two Acres. Dark red/blackish fruit, tobacco, menthol, licorice and sweet spices meld together nicely in the glass. In 2011, the warm microclimate here helped to give the wine soft contours and a lovely sense of juiciness. The 25% whole clusters are totally integrated.  (1/2014)

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Varietal:

Mourvedre

- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).