2000 Jade Mountain Mourvedre

2000 Jade Mountain MourvedrePrice: $16.99 @ BevMo

What They Said:

Per the winery (pdf) “The old vines, combined with low yields of two tons per acre, transform this normally rustic red grape into a fine complex red wine that is both hearty and satisfying. Mourvèdre is broadly planted in the famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in the southern Rhône valley, but it is seldom bottled as a single variety. Its characteristic aromas of pepper, spice and sweet tobacco are mixed with raspberry and blackberry fruit that linger on the palate. The wine’s dense flavor and silky tannin make it versatile for food pairing. The 2000 vintage shows great concentration and is meant for the richest foods of Southern France and the Mediterranean. Mourvèdre is a perfect partner for leg of lamb, Mediterranean beef stew, pasta primavera, and grilled fish, such as sea bass. In warm weather, chill this wine to 50 degrees and serve it with summer barbecue to enjoy its complex, delicious fruit flavors. Optimum time for consumption 2002—2012″

What I Think:

I’ve had this one since almost the beginning of time, my wine drinking time that is. One of my early splurges which I have looked at year after year. For those that may not be familiar with Mourvedre it most commonly appears in Rhone blends along with Grenache and Syrah. Until I took a look at the pdf I tracked down I had forgotten that Jade Mountain was part of the much larger Chalone Wine Group.

Not sure why it lasted so long nor why I decided to open it this given night but I am very thankful I did. The nose was subdued seeming a bit smoky and warm. It hits heavy at the front of the palate, seems almost inky and shadows the presence of dark purple fruit. The flavors turn to dark berries (blackberry and boysenberry) and towards the end of palate the wine turns slightly chewy leading to a great tangy, nice tannic finish. This was much richer and deeper that I would have initially thought. A very complex powering that doesn’t over power, certainly leaning towards the old world in style. I’m a fan. I’m also looking to try a few more of Jade’s offerings, I asked for tips on twitter and @JugShop recommended the La Provencale. Anyone here have tips for me? As for this one is an early wine of the year favorite and could start a Mourvedre buying and drinking run… Anyone want to come along for the ride?

Rating: Wow!

2000 Chateau de Panigon Bordeaux

Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Plume Ridge Wine Negotiants

What They Said:

“A Middle-class Vintage of very good level with a beautiful presence of the fruity matter. Today the flesh and the structure of the wine remain separate. The wine is still too young. The year 2000 is expressed here by fruity merlot as well with the nose in mouth. But the cabernet and its powerful structure are also quite present in mouth. It is necessary to wait a little so that very harmonizes itself.”

What I Think:

The other night when searching for a bottle to open for a night cap I found this bottle. Knowing that we were having beef tomorrow night I figured I would open it now and sample it while simultaneously giving it some time to breathe allowing it to show the best it had to offer come dinnertime the next day. All in all I wasn’t impressed. Not that this was a bad wine, it seemed quite nice. As I have yet to have that eye opening experience with Boudreaux perhaps I am still not clear on how one is to be appreciated. $7 for this bottle seems fair but I would be tempted to look for better, especially from this vintage which was suppose to be a knockout. This effort showed aromas of dark fruit with floral undertones lingering on top of spicy barrel notes. On the palate the same suspects were present thought the fruit seemed a bit on the thin side. I wonder what the blend ratio on this one is. From the information I found it seems to be a Cab/Merlot but I couldn’t track down any specifics on the percentages. If I had to guess I would say 70% Cab given that it seemed a bit on denser side though the nice tannins on finish left the subject open to debate.

The write-up above mentioned that it needed time to integrate. I think it had enough. With more air it seemed to unravel which is the opposite of what I am used to. It actually seemed to get worse by the day as I continually found myself saying it seemed more complex yesterday. It makes me wish I would have taken better notes the first evening. As this one is to expensive for a 12th bottle so unless you are really craving a Boudreaux I’d have to say “Skip It”. It did remind me that I have to grab one of those bottles of Chateau Laborde out of the cellar; they’ve been down there for a while now and as this wine shows; older doesn’t always mean better

Rating: Skip It

2000 Navarro Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $22.80 direct from the winery

What They Said:

Per the winery “It’s rich and chewy with whiffs of cedar, mint and tobacco; a great match for slowly simmered Sauerbraten. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.”

What I Think:

This was the second bottle from that aforementioned dinner party, so while I am operating mainly from my general perceptions of what this wine was like rather than the detailed insight I usually hope (hope being the key word) to provide. My general impression on this wine is that I blew it! I should have emailed Ed over at Navarro to see if this one was ready for drinking like he recently told me to do with my ’97 Pinots. This one was certainly not quite as hoped, it had yet to round out and most of the fruit seem closed. I thought with some time maybe it would open up but it didn’t occur. Perhaps I caught it at a bad time; it seems likely that I should have let it lie longer. What I do remember is waiting for the fruit; the winery wrote that they declassified the majority of this vintage so perhaps that does some of the explaining for me. They gave this wine a slogan of “Slow Motion”; I should have kept that in mind when I want to grab it!

Rating: Not for Me