2012 Thomas Coyne Mourvedre - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County (2/29/2016)
Thomas Coyne Winery 2012 Contra Costa Mourvedre: served at room temperature after five hours of slow-O2. Initially very closed, the time with air has unlocked a truly varietal nose of funk, leathery and classic, betraying a hint of alcohol.
The palate delivers a medium+ level of acidity, typical of CoCo reds, born of wind and sand. The fruit is evocative of blackberries and sour cherries, with clean, surprisingly refined tannins that tickle the gums and cheeks.
The only negative comment I can offer is the noticeable alcohol. It is fairly integrated into the mid-palate fruit, but it asserts itself on the finish. I chilled the bottle by a few degrees in the refrigerator, and all is well.
The wine is a good example of the grape and the region, especially at $10.
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