2014 Dirty, Rowdy & Enfield Red Wine Antle Vineyard- USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone (11/16/2015)
Dark floral nose, medium color, barely any tannin, a little fruit, medium acidity. A weird bitterness shows up on the side of the tongue if you swish it around, but if you’re just drinking it, to, you know, drink a wine with dinner, you’re not going to notice that. Doesn’t seem to have much tannic structure…but who knows. (88 pts.)
Every 2013 that I have had–the vintage. I have had both 2013 and 2014 of Semillon, Familiar, Especial this far. But, have also had 2013s of a few other D&Rs, none which I recall not finding pleasant right out of the bottle. Every 2014 I have had has done much better with about a 60 minute decant. As Hardy says about his 2014s, the decanter is your friend!
I opened one up two nights ago. Heed Hardy’s aging note…this needs some time in the bottle for sure. It’s got a great nose on it right now but it doesn’t translate well to the palate. With a few years of age I’m hoping the pinot noir will put on some more weight to act as a counterpoint to the mourvedre.
Thanks for the note and trying the wine- Yes. This wine should be tucked away for at least a year. A long (3hr) decant helps for sure. Though lean, John and I picked what we thought were the most structured barrels from our lots. The perfumey nose is deceiving.
As Ron mentioned, all of the '14s should get a lot of air. The '14 wines (except the Familiar and Especial wines) can all be tucked away for years. (I’d open the Dirty Rowdy Enfield last.)
Super tough call. Evangelho is more showy right now and the Stoney is more cerebral. I’ve been telling most people to pop the stoney 1st just due to quantity / allocation size, but if you only have one of each and want to drink one now- I’d probably pop the Evangelho. We poured it at our fried chicken event last weekend and people dug it.
Hola Alicia- You have several and if you want to get into one, go for it. Just give it a long decant. I’m popping one now (9AM EST) to pour for a group of somms at noon. I can’t remember, did you try it when you visited John & I?
I just don’t know if it would be our best Turkey wine- The Familiar Blanc, White Oak Flats, Familiar Mourvèdre, Especial, and Evangelho- would be better turkey choices. Antle (Mourvèdre and DRE) is more dark fruited (purple / black) vs the red fruit of several of the others.