($22) Light copper-orange color. Subdued aromas of pear skin, pomegranate, herbs and dried flowers. Supple, slightly warm red berry and pit fruit flavors are underscored by a bitter quinine note and pick up a sexy floral honey quality with air. Finishes broad, with gentle mineral lift and good persistence. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA)
Provence, which stretches from Nîmes to Nice, is best known as a bottomless source of pink wine. But across the region, numerous Provence appellations produce highly distinctive red wines that express multiple variations on a ripe, Southern theme; the most famous appellation is Bandol, which is noted for powerful game- and earth-scented red wines based on the sturdy, late-ripening Mourvedre grape. Read More »
A sparsely planted variety found predominantly in the southern Rhone, Provence, and elsewhere near the Mediterranean coast, Mourvedre is best known for its place in powerful game and earth-scented reds. One is mostly likely to encounter the grape in wines from the southern Rhone. Here, Mourvedre takes its place blended with... Read More »
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