2011 Tablas Creek Mourvedre

2011 Tablas Creek Mourvedre – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (7/26/2015)

We always have high expectations for wines made by Tablas Creek. This reflects the active participation of the famed Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel in producing the family of Paso Robles’ wines. Given that, we were a touch disappointed with this drop. Our rating means “Although not a “special” or “buy every year” example of The Noble Grape, we will happily sip this bottle with the guest who likely brought it to share at dinner or as a satisfying alternative to the higher-level wines that for many reasons should not be sipped everyday.” Presented with a murky purple red. After two hours of breathing au naturel, i.e. in the bottle, we experienced a nose dark ripe, rustic fruit with a hint of red meat. Dark red currants with relatively nondescript tannins on the palate. Somewhat rough…perhaps we should have waited for it to age in the bottle? Slightly sour and unusual, fairly long finish. (86 points)

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2011 Tablas Creek Mourvedre