Daven Lore Winery 2011 Arthur’s Vineyard Mourvedre, Yakima Valley, $35

By on November 11, 2013

daven-lore-winery-logoIt took a trip to Tuscany and negotiations involving limoncello with a cross-town vintner before Gordon Taylor could get these grapes from affable Arthur denHoed. This vintage marks the debut of a vineyard-designated Mourvédre for Daven Lore, which opens with whiffs of blackberry and blueberry, backed by almond butter, porcini mushroom in moist earth and the variety’s tell-tale cracked white pepper. The juice carries a theme of black cherry and plum with food-friendly acidity akin to elderberry and blueberry. Tannins get tucked into the background, along with a pinch of oregano. Suggested fare includes cassoulet, coq au vin, rack of lamb or pepper steak.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 80 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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