Mourvèdre moves

1 Dec

  
I need to move my life. In some direction.

Not for lack of trying. But c’mon.

I’ll opine less about personal life and move on to the metaphorical wine in my life right now: Mourvèdre.

Specifically:

2012 Carhartt Mouvèdre

From Curtis vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley. So there. Made by Carhartt where my papa and I had a super-duper wine-tasting experience. It was more super for me due to the fact my pops was driving and the pours generous. So thank you for the fams that have higher tolerance and only take one sip of your 1.5 ounce tastes. Who will drive.

They will forgive you for the driving when you are back in LA eating the queso at Bar Ama. Pro tip: queso is the perfect way to soak up alcohol. Also the cauliflower dish they have there. Holy heck. But I’m getting sidetracked.

I am not usually so into funk in wine. But this has some in the PERFECT way. 

Maybe I am into funk because I say that a lot these days. Huh. Like I said maybe I am making movement in life! Exciting.

The deets: 

It is 100% Mouvèdre which I dig. Purity. Not that a blend can’t be great but when it comes to a rarer grape, tasting it on its own is interesting.

It is aged 20 months in 30% new French oak. Beauty in specifics. Or as I heard an actress chum in college say “we need to live in specificity city”. 

So to be specific about this wine:  well let me see. Butter but like maybe browned butter on truffles? So essentially all life’s perfect stuff in one thing. One bottle. The finish has bracing spices: clove and cinnamon followed by…I don’t know. A pleasant lemon lingering? Like, you are eating spiced cake with a thin Meyer lemon sauce but the sauce is not creamy, it is thin but perfect.
WHICH IS CRAZY FOR ME TO SAY AS A POSITIVE THING BECAUSE MEYER LEMONS ARE THE DEATH OF GOOOOOOOD FOOD EXCEPT WHEN USED AS A METAPHOR FOR THIS WINE’S FINISH! EXCLAMATION POINT, dang it.

But also picture that those lemons had some dirt clinging to them. Hence said funk.

I don’t even know.

Looky here. You. Reader of this. I don’t taste wines at tasting rooms and decide to buy a bottle too often. I mean I tasted MANY wines at Carhartt and needed to settle on wine to bring home (I wanted to grab more but ya know budgeting and bull) and this was the one which most surprised me. As I said I did not think it was typical of wines I dig. BUT I DO!!!!!!! Which means probably a lot of people might? Who knows. Wine is particular.

Try this if you aren’t looking for sups-dupa sweet fruit-forward non-tannic wine. Get into it.

G’night Lovahs. Gonna go try on my great-great(?)-grandmother’s wedding dress that my family just passed along to me. Gonna find A REASON to sport the parts that fit. Wedding or not. It is a very pretty dress.

Love you! GO GET WINE

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2 Responses to “Mourvèdre moves”

  1. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. December 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Loving that you’re bringing funky back 😉 I’ve never tried Mouvèdre before but now I obviously need to! And Bar Ama’s cauliflower – dynamite.

    • Ellen December 3, 2015 at 12:21 am #

      Yesssss another Bar Ama lover. Do give Mouvèdre a try. You may have unwittingly had it in a Rhone valley blend before:)

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