Dirty & Rowdy 2018 Familiar Mourvedre
It's been almost impossible read a wine blog or magazine over the last few years and not see something about the Dirty and Rowdy guys. Owners Hardy Wallace and Matt Richardson are the poster boys for the "New Generation of California Winemakers" crafting organic, natural delicious wines from unusual varietals. They've become most famous for their Mourvedre based wines (they make 4-7 different ones depending on the vintage) and I can't believe that we've been able to get our hands on their Familiar Mourvedre.
100% Mourvèdre sourced from vineyards in Amador, El Dorado, Monterey, and Santa Barbara counties (varies by vintage). 100% whole cluster fermentation with only native yeast used, this is a consistently generous and friendly wine with potential to evolve after a long decant. Fresh aromas of lush raspberries, tart cranberries, and mountain herbs deepen with black pepper, sandalwood, musk, and earth after a few hours. The palate offers some structure and crunchy acidity without being overly austere. If you liked the 2017 Unfamiliar we had previously, you'll love the 2018 Familiar.