2015 Andremily Mourvedre

Year: 2015
Appellation: Ventura, California
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 98+
Vinous Media: 91-94
Jeb Dunnuck: 96-98
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.8%
Price :

"Produced from 92% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah and 3% Viognier using 73% whole cluster and spending about 21 months in French oak (50% new), the 2015 Mourvedre has a deep garnet-purple color and a lovely spice cake, fragrant earth and fallen leaves-scented nose over the core of plum pudding, blackberry tart and black cherry compote, plus touches of anise and coffee. The full-bodied palate is packed with spicy, savory and earthy layers, with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing with lingering pepper and anise notes. This wine was reminiscent to me of Beaucastel’s Hommage a Jacques Perrin and when I mentioned this to winemaker Jim Binns, he smiled and said that was his inspiration. 130 cases were made." (WA)

"The 2015 Mourvèdre is a big step up from the 2014 in that it has both more richness and freshness than its younger sibling. Plush and exuberant, yet also impeccably balanced and nuanced for such a big wine, the 2015 is showing beautifully today. Plum, black cherry, lavender and rose petal overtones are laced together in this highly promising wine from Andremily and Jim Binns." (VM)

"Aside from John Alban’s Mourvèdre from Edna Valley, I’ve yet to taste another Mourvèdre that comes close to the quality achieved by this cuvee. The 2015 Mourvèdre is another head turner that checks in as 92% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah and 3% Viognier (from Alta Mesa and White Hawk vineyards) that will see just under two years in equal parts new and used French oak. Slightly more fresh and focused than the 2014, with incredible purity, it offers full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackberries, blood/iron, peppery herbs and cigar ash. Like all of Jim’s wines, it has serious richness and depth on the palate, and in 2015, the addition of the Viognier adds another level of texture and richness that’s lacking in a number of cuvees. I suspect it will shut down shortly after bottling (as Mourvèdre does all too frequently), so try a bottle on release then hide the rest.

Andremily’s Jim Binns continues to fashion some of the most exciting wines coming out of California today. Jim left Sine Qua Non last year to focus full time on his own label, and is now making his wines in Ventura. The 2014 Andremily No 3 is unquestionably one of the great California Syrahs, and while I think the 2015 are a small step back, it’s not by much. If you get a chance, don’t miss these wines!" (JD)