2009 Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre Contra Costa County: Slight sweet, earthy
dec. 5, 2010: for a second bottle of the evening between the three of us, we opened this contra costa county californian. cline, as i've said before, is usually a reliable vineyard for us, and this mourvedre was no exception. it had some sweetness, but wasn't overwhelming, and the earthy qualities were good enough to have us easily drink the entire bottle. 15 percent alcohol. about $10. schnucks.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.