Carlisle Radiant Ridge Vineyard Mourvèdre 2018
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley|
Very dark vibrant purple-garnet. A good-size pour is nearly opaque. A knockout nose of black fruits, cinnamon bark, pepper, and earth. This is Mourvèdre at its most wild and untamed best! On the palate, medium full-bodied with flavors of black cherry, earth, tree bark, and whole-cluster spice. Finishes long and lip-smackingly tannic. This is certainly the darkest expression of Mourvèdre we have produced to date, more akin to Bandol or some of the Mourvèdre-dominated cuvées of Châteauneuf-du-Pape than our more Burgundian Two Acres or Bedrock Mourvèdre. Very, very age-worthy and a wine that I am positively giddy to be introducing. Drink 2025 through 2040.
The 2018 Mourvèdre Radiant Ridge Vineyard is even better than the Syrah! More than that, it is one of the very finest wines I have tasted from Mike Officer in a decade of following Carlisle. Wow! Outrageously vivid and delicious in the glass, the 2018 dazzles with complexity and layers of nuance that unfold in the glass. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, wild flowers, spice and a good deal of whole-cluster savoriness give the Radiant Ridge Mourvèdre its beguiling exoticism. Previously, the Mourvèdre was used for the Integral bottling, but my sense is its real personality is expressed like this, on its own. Readers will not want to miss this exceptional wine from Mike Officer and Carlisle.