2010 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Mourvèdre

SKU #1125112 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Black cherries, plums, savory herbs, licorice, tobacco and wild flowers literally jump from the glass in the 2010 Mourvedre Bedrock Vineyard. The more virile imposing side of Mourvedre comes through loud and clear in this deeply resonant, imposing wine. There is a lot to admire here. Olives, black pepper, ash, incense and earthiness are layered into the finish. This is a terrific showing from Carlisle and Mike Officer. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (AG)  (4/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Sexy, spice-accented aromas of blueberry, cassis and violet. Stains the palate with intense black and blue fruit flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Creamy and seamless on the finish, which lingers with excellent intensity and suave florality. (ST)  (5/2012)

90-92 points Whisky Advocate

 The 2010 Mourvedre Bedrock Vineyard, from a warmer microclimate than the Two Acres, reveals a dark profile of cherries, plums, mint, white flowers and graphite. The energy and vibrancy of the year comes through in spades. This site was planted in 1888. Mike Officer used 25% whole clusters and aged the wine in French oak barrels, 20% new. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.(Antonio Galloni)  (2/2012)

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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).