Mourvèdre is an amazing grape that pulses at the heart of Bandol. Wearing the M in family photos of its G and S brethren, Mourvèdre, similar, to Cabernet Franc, sports its sometimes funky aromatics and flavors as a garland. Sometimes reeking (in the best way!) of cured and roasted meats, sometimes – as in the case of The Steven Kent Winery’s newest TLC Club release, The Winter – its dark fruit and sexy acidity are the structuring parentheses of a flat-out delicious wine.
The fruit for this wine comes from an organically farmed vineyard in the Sloughhouse sub-appellation of Lodi, called Sheldon Hills, where it takes its Spanish varietal name – Monastrell. Planted by Marcus Bokisch, one of the fathers of Iberian varieties in California, this site offers in its loamy soils and proximity to Delta rivers, a perfect spot to wring the necessary funk and spunk from this classic grape.