Dense garnet with wide clear edges. Glycerine-driven pencil lead and a shallow sort of compote heavy on ripeness and reduction and short on anything bright and deliriously resembling excited FRUIT. A wine like kissing your sister. It’s decent action–especially if you close your eyes–but it’s still your sister. Quite fun to drink, just heavy-handedly simple. Headed toward the pruney precipice, match-head dominates the burnt rubber banana peel acidic middle with an alcohol back. The cocoa-powder chorizo nose is still the best part. My sister likes chorizo.
A great Mourvedre, but a tough sell for this consumer at the prices Pope Louchum wants at the winery. Often heavily discounted, it becomes a much easier-to-swallow bottle.
2011 BONNY DOON VINEYARD Mourvedre ‘Old Telegram’ California 15.5