As most of you already know, I spent the month of November growing a mustache for the Movember fundraising effort. Since I write a blog about wine, and not facial hair, I decided that I would add a little twist to the effort and make it my goal to taste several Mourvedre based wines from Washington state during the month as well. That part of the project didn't really take off as much as I would have liked, but I did decide to commemorate the end of Movember with a little Mourvedre.
Recently I went to a tweetup at the Yakima Visitor Information Center, where they were showing off their new wine sample dispenser. The Visitor Information Center is a great stop if you need information about the different wine activities available in the Yakima Valley, including the different appellations that are found within the borders of the Yakima Valley AVA. Not only that, but it also doubles as a great gift shop, complete with a great selection of wine from around the Yakima Valley. One of the wines that was being poured at the tweetup was the 2008 Knight Hill Mourvedre. I was so impressed with the wine at the tweetup, that I easily decided that I had to take a bottle home with me to taste for my Movember project.
Knight Hill is located in Zillah, but the fruit for the 2008 Mourvedre is from the Wahluke Slope AVA. The alcohol comes in at 14.7%, and a bottle will only run about $17.
When I first open the bottle, I am immediately hit by a nose of berries and meaty, earthy, goodness. The blackberry and raspberry notes were mixed in with some juniper, chocolate, as well as the meat and earth notes. The palate has delicious dark berry flavors, with black pepper, and more earth components. My wife's comment on this wine was, "I could make a meal of this wine." I tend to agree with her. With its well balanced acidity and alcohol, this wine begged my wife and I to polish it off in a single sitting, which we gladly acquiesced to.
I am very pleased with my first experience with Knight Hill, and I'm not kicking myself for not picking up more of this wine when I purchased this one. I guess that just means that I will have to take a trip out to Zillah to visit the winery soon, and stock up. The $17 price tag on this wine seems like a real value, as this wine seemed to be a favorite of many at the tweetup that I attended, and my wife and I both loved it. I will definitely be purchasing some more of this one soon, and I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a varietal Mourvedre here in Washington. Although I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, I know that this is a fairly low production wine, so if you can't find it, contact the winery.