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Tablas Creek Mourvedre 2011, California

2011_Mourvedre_bottleSilfven also recommended Tablas Creek’s 2011 Mouvedre vintage.

She said: “Soft tannins, and lush flavors of dark berries, fig, plum and chocolate offer a rare taste of this single varietal Mourvedre, usually a blending grape that Tablas Creek puts into its Esprit de Beaucastel.

“This red was fermented in stainless steel and moved to large wood vats to complete fermentation. Various lots were blended in May of 2012 and then aged another year in 1,200-gallon foudres — large neutral vats popular in the Rhone — and bottled in April of this year.”

Price: $40

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