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My love affair with Domaine Tempier and their Mourvèdre began in the late 1970's when Kermit Lynch began to import it...Read more...
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My love affair with Domaine Tempier and their Mourvèdre began in the late 1970's when Kermit Lynch began to import it for his shop in Berkeley, and Alice Water began to feature it on the wine list at Chez Panisse. A year or two later, Alice arranged for us to visit Domaine Tempier. After the first day I was smitten, and remain so still. No surprise then that I found it impossible to turn down Rich Pato's offer to purchase the small crop of Mourvèdre from his 100 year-old vines in Oakley when they came on the market in 2006. Mourvèdre is a variety that resists oxidation, making it one of the longest lived of all red wines, frequently more so than Cabernet Sauvignon. It's uniquely expressive, as well, combining elements of fruit, mineral, earth and leather into a package that is remarkably greater than the sum of its parts. I was so impressed with what our winemaker Tadeo Borchardt was able to do with this year's crop that I asked him to set aside a pallet for myself. Let's see now: 10 years of bottle age is 3650 days, and 672 bottles in a pallet - that works out to a bottle every 5 days. Sounds just about right.
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