The 2015 Tablas Creek Vineyard Mourvèdre is Tablas Creek’s twelvth varietal bottling of Mourvèdre, from the exceptionally low-yielding 2015 vintage. 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 have particularly characteristic lots of Mourvèdre, we try to reserve a limited quantity for a single-varietal bottling.
The 2015 Mourvèdre has lifted aromas of sweet spice, raspberry, powdered sugar, plum, and mint. The palate shows deeper flavors of red cherry compote and new leather, with plum skin tannins and more of the sweet spice coming out on the finish. It’s delicious now, but we expect it to become more profound with age, as its flavors deepen, the tannins soften, and the meatiness that’s lurking behind the fruit comes to the fore.