Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre is Beautiful and Elegant

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!

Dirty and Rowdy 2012 Mourvèdre
Dirty and Rowdy 2012 Mourvèdre

Technical Stuff

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.

Tasting Notes

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.)


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