C.L. Butaud started making wine in 2014 in Texas and this is an exceptional Mourvèdre from a place where you don’t see exceptional Mourvèdre. Using native yeasts and partial whole cluster fermentation, they coax out pomegranate, Rainer cherry, a campfire smoke quality, light Asian pear and some plum, a whisper of tar and there is a quiet minerality throughout the wine. The acidity and tannins are in check and support the overall drinking experience. The oak is judiciously used - it was stirred monthly on the lees for 14 months, then left in bottle for 11 months which is the right idea to let the wine settle and mature in bottle before release. They don’t make much – less than 1,500 bottles, so it behooves you to find it soon. ORIGIN: Seminole, Texas. ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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