Syncline Wine Cellars 2009 Heart Of The Hill Vineyard mourvedre

Tasted at 63-67 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: clear, dark magenta. Nose: black raspberry, plum, milk chocolate, tobacco leaf. Mouthfeel: soft, almost medium-bodied. Tail trail: 9 seconds. Flavors: black fruits, anise, pomegranate, cola nut, hint of red pepper on a bed of sleepy tannins. Food pairing was hearty beef stew–good.

Alcohol: 14.4%. 125 cases. Red Mountain AVA. Unfined. Fermented in concrete. Aged in neutral oak for 16 months. Lightly filtered. Power: 2/5. Balance: 2/5. Depth: 2/5. Finesse: 2/5. Rated: 88. Value: $20. Paid: $30. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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