From the Cellar23 Nov 2021
- Category: Uncorked Tonight
(January 17, 2021) ... Tonight it was a double dose of California:
Cline 2001 Ancient Vines Mourvedre ... Smells relatively terrible and tastes bitter, chalky, and pruney, there's acidity here but the big oak notes really get in the way ... There's also a Dutch cocoa note which proved to be the main source of the bitterness rather than enjoyable part of this wine - and based on all that I'm going to say this is a very disappointing wine from start to finish and no matter how long I kept it open it just never got better.
So I moved on to something else, hoping for a better result:
Joel Gott 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 815 ... Much younger and still full of fruit and other pleasant notes: cocoa and spiced blackberry, with hints of cassis and even some mocha nuances - this is big on spiced-dark fruit and I liked it beginning to end.