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The 2020 Tablas Creek Vineyard Mourvèdre is Tablas Creek’s seventeenth varietal bottling of Mourvèdre. We use most of our Mourvèdre in our Esprit de Tablas each year. However, we feel that the Mourvèdre grape, often pigeonholed as a blending varietal, can produce remarkable varietal wines, and when we can, we try to reserve a limited quantity of particularly characteristic lots of Mourvèdre for a single-varietal bottling.
93 points; "expressive cherry and red currant flavors laced with fresh leather, mocha and earthy minerality": Wine Spectator (May 2023)
96 points & #2 Wine of 2022; "the best this variety has to offer ... a joy to drink": VinePair (Nov. 2022)
92 points; "soft cherry, trampled red flowers, and hints of leather": Wine Enthusiast (Nov. 2022)
95 points; "flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, bramble, baking spices, and mocha ... perfectly balanced": BevX (Sep. 2022)
Outstanding Plus; "Impeccably balanced with a long lasting finish, this is a real tour-de-force": Underground Wine Letter (Sep. 2022)
91-92 Points; "Chewy and focused on the palate": Vinous (July 2022)
The 2020 Mourvedre shows a lovely nose of loamy red fruit, spiced plum, and new leather. The mouth shows rich texture with dark cherry and mocha flavors, held together by chewy tannins reminiscent of plum skin, and deepened by an earthy complexity that time should turn into a truffly, meat-dripping character. The long finish has notes of cocoa powder, red currant, and lingering loamy minerality. Delicious now and only likely to become more so over time. Drink over the next 15 years.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 100% Mourvedre
- 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 140 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
- Richly flavored stews
- Pork chops with fruit reduction
- Asian preparation of red meats (i.e., beef stir fry)
- Bittersweet chocolate desserts
Our Mourvèdre grapes were grown on our 120-acre certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
The 2020 vintage began benignly, with a cool spring that delayed budbreak to a little after normal, and continued below-average temperatures through July. Beginning in August, the weather turned hot, accelerating ripening and producing intense flavors. The state's terrible fires stayed well north of us, and the harvest finished early, under a compressed timeline but good conditions. The vintage shows concentrated flavors, noteworthy lushness, and lovely spice.
The Mourvèdre grapes were destemmed and then fermented using native yeasts in fermented in large wooden tanks. After three weeks, they were pressed and moved to 1200-gallon foudres to complete their fermentation. The Mourvèdre lots were blended in Spring of 2021, aged for an additional year in foudre and bottled in June 2022.