Critical Acclaim: 100pts Wine Independent; 99 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 99 pts Jeb Dunnuck.
Tasting Notes: "The 2020 Mourvèdre is composed of 86% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah, and 2% Viognier, using 75% whole clusters. It spent 21 months in French oak barriques, 50% new. The wine was still in barrel when I tasted it, due to be bottled in a few weeks. Deep purple-black colored, it slowly emerges from the glass with earthy notions of crushed rocks, truffles, and fragrant soil with a core of plum preserves, fruit cake, and dark chocolate, leading to a fascinating waft of rose oil. Full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, grainy tannins with a lively backbone to support the densely packed, muscular fruit, finishing long and energetic. Simply stunning!"- Wine Independent.
"Not yet bottled, the 2020 Mourvèdre, blended with 12% Syrah and 2% Viognier, is already offering incredible varietal character and expression. Made using 75% whole clusters, fruit comes from several Central Coast vineyards including Alta Mesa (Santa Barbara County), G2 (Paso Robles), Larner (Ballard Canyon) and Slide Hill (Edna Valley). It will be matured for about 21 months, with 50% in new French barriques and 600-liter demi-muids and 50% in used barriques. Deep purple-ruby in color, the nose opens slowly to loamy earth, dried lavender, mint leaves and a pure, concentrated core of cassis and baked blueberries. The palate is bursting with layer after layer of perfumed fruit. It has a fine, silky texture, alluring meaty accents, bursts of fresh acidity highlighting its perfume and a very long, layered finish."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
"Not yet bottled, the 2020 Mourvedre is one heck of an impressive Mourvèdre, offering textbook savory red, blue, and black fruits as well as herbes de Provence, dry-aged beef, pepper, and some spicy, floral nuance. Full-bodied and opulent on the palate, with great tannins, it should have plenty of up-front appeal yet evolve for 15+ years in cold cellars. This was another brilliant lineup from Jim Binns. The 2019s here are easily the finest I’ve ever tasted, and the 2020s don’t appear to be far behind, although they bring a touch more oomph compared to the powerful, yet elegant 2019s."-Jeb Dunnuck.
Varietal: 86% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and 2% Viognier.