This is not your grandmother’s Mourvèdre. Tablas Creek’s bottling is light-colored, light-textured, and juicy, quite different from the chewier examples from warm reaches of its home terroir in the Mediterranean: southern France and especially Spain (where it’s called Monastrell).
Like all of Tablas Creek’s wines, this one was grown organically and biodynamically in their estate vineyard in Paso Robles. The fruit was de-stemmed and fermented in large wooden tanks, pressed after three weeks, then moved to foudre to finish fermentation and aging. Four hundred and seventy-five cases were made.
It’s a limpid raspberry color with a colorless rim. The wine smells fresh, like linen on the line, cherries in July. The palate has a charming green-tea grip and flavors of cranberry, with none of the black fruits, especially black brambles, I associate with this grape.
It’s an elegant and a refreshing red to pair with a range of foods and cuisines.
2019 Tablas Creek Vineyard Mourvèdre Paso Robles
13% ABV | $45 (sample)