2010 Wilderotter Mourvedre


2010 Wilderotter Mourvedre

$24.95  (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

I’ve visited Wilderotter’s tasting rooms a couple of times in Amador County during annual “Behind the Cellar Door” events, even though I typically avoid these affairs like the plague because of the crush of people.  This one is fun though, and I was disappointed early in spring when, for the second time, I didn’t get to meet owner/winemaker Jay Wilderotter.  A former U.S. Air Force pilot, he owns the 40-acre estate with his wife Maggie, a senior executive with an east coast based technology company.

I left a card for Jay, and much to my surprise, he actually followed up with a phone call.  My experience is that many winemakers are often slow to respond or simply don’t follow up at all (I’ve had two such experiences this week alone).  I told Jay I appreciated his wines and thought a couple could potentially fit as a Carpe Vino Wine Club selection.

He offered to bring his wines to Auburn for Drew and me to taste, so we sent up a session.  All of half dozen or so wines he showcased for us were wonderful, but the Mourvedre was a real treat.  We agreed on pricing for a half pallet (26 cases) and bada boom, here you go.

Jay’s sauvignon blanc, roussanne and vigonier are some of the best white wines produced in the foothills, so. . .white wine club. . .one of these tasty treats could be in your future!

Winery Tasting Notes:  “This is essentially a red wine for the white wine enthusiast, exhibiting no committed tannins.  It starts off with a Rhone-style mineral bouquet, and opens to a nose of ripe cherry, cassis and plum.  Subtle hints of anise, sage, and parsley linger on the sinuses. This mid-bodied wine enters the palate extremely softly letting you know its approachability, but with no lack of fruit intensity. Finishing with smoky cassis and a light dusting of cocoa, this wine pairs beautifully with anything.  Enjoy within the next few years.  Bottled July 16, 2012.”

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