This is pure Mourvèdre from the McKinley Springs vineyard, a still-rare varietal in Washington with intriguing prospects. Without its Rhône cousins in the mix, Mourvèdre turns almost Bordeaux-like, firm and lightly herbal, with pretty black cherry fruit dominant. This is well-made, balanced and fresh, though the grapes are too young to have acquired the nuances of more established vines. A very good start for a promising new winery.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.