If you follow natural California winemakers at all, you will most likely have heard the buzz about Dirty and Rowdy. The wine is pretty hard to get your hands on so I make sure to pick up a bottle any time I am lucky enough to stumble upon one. Over the weekend, I found their newly released 2012 Mourvèdre at Bar and Garden in Culver City. Brandon and I uncorked it as soon as we got home and were pretty stoked with what we tasted!
100% Mourvèdre from the Santa Barbara Highlands. 100% whole cluster fermentation. Unfined, unfiltered, with native yeasts and minimal sulfur added. 11.4% alcohol. $34/bottle.
Beautifully aromatic red fruit on the nose. The palate is fruit driven and incredibly pure. Elegant tastes of strawberry and spice with healthy acidity and a bit of a tart citrus in the finish. This is definitely not what you would expect from a California Mourvèdre; it actually drinks more like a Beaujolais. Beautiful and elegant…I will be picking up another bottle soon!
(This wine is super young so please be patient in opening it (like as in waiting a couple of years). If you must open it immediately (as I did), let it decant for a good hour.)