TN: 2007 Denner - Mourvedre (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

  • 2007 Denner Mourvedre - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (12/3/2011)
    – decanted immediately before first taste –
    – tasted non-blind over a couple hours –
    – 85% Mourvedre, 10% Counoise, 5% Syrah –

NOSE: earthy – wet earth – brown dirt; some oak; somewhat tight initially; chocolate-covered coffee bean; hint of chili powder; Korean BBQ beef; to the extent there is fruit on the Nose, it’s in the purple/dark end of the spectrum, but said fruit is nowhere close to the forefront of the bouquet; not funky.

BODY: black-tinged blood-red color of great depth; fine particulate matter present; medium-full bodied.

TASTE: oaky – sweet oak; good acidity; fine tannin; too oaky; touch of coffee grounds; thick and non-descript red fruits in the background; coffee comes out a bit with time; 14.8% alc. not noticeable initially, but it does present itself taste-wise after an hour or so; a touch raisiny/pruney. Overall, a rather disappointing performance, especially considering how much I liked it in August of 2010, and how much I loved the 2006 vintage of this bottling. Drink now through 2018.

B: 50, 5, 11, 15, 6 = (87 pts.)

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