La Clarine Farm 2009 Mourvedre ~ $22.99

After being wowed by the La Clarine Farm 2009 Home Vineyard blend I was chomping at the bit to try their 2009 Mourvedre. The wine is different from the Home Vineyard, which is a blend. This baby is all Mourvedre and has less tannic structure, but the Tannat in the Home Vineyard certainly accounts for that bottlings tannins. What the Mourvedre does have in common, and what is clearly La Clarine Farm’s greatest trait, is the utter purity of the fruit. There are notes of pomegranate, citrus rind, rhubarb, and spicy almonds to this purple garnet hued wine. The mid palate is solid with a nice touch of acidity and the long finish is just a pure lush expression of fruit, wild herbs, and lavender. True aromatics.  This is one of the best wine producers in California, period.  The wines are produced on a small scale, artisanal if you will, but they are worth seeking out for the sheer experience which they offer.  Available in limited quantities from Frankly Wines and Thirst Wine Merchants.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED