90pointsMcCrea 2005 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Mourvèdre (Red Mountain)

This Mourvèdre (with 8% Syrah) is still coming together, but all the right pieces are in place. Young, tight and compact, it opens with tart berry and currant fruit, then shows a distinctive, earthy underpinning. As it unwinds it shows wet earth, graphite, pepper and truffle, balanced and layered but still a bit shut down. Give it a lot of breathing time, or put it away for a couple of years. Paul Gregutt

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