As I’ve mentioned elsewhere in my blog, I’m particularly fond of Pavle Milec’s restaurant, FnB. (It was also the first place I took my Girlfriend to be introduced to Arizona wine, for what it’s worth.) I’ve also mentioned before that Pavle has worked in tandem with Todd Bostock of Dos Cabezas to make a wine label. After drinking the Rune Mourvedre a few days ago, I thought I’d compare Willcox and Sonoita once again, with the same grape, so I thought I’d crack open my bottle of the 2013 Lorenzo’s. For the record, one of the best things about this particular label is that these wines are among the easiest to find in Arizona; you can find them at Whole Foods and AJ’s Fine Foods stores across the state.
The 2013 Lorenzo’s is a Mourvedre that explores the terroir of the Sonoita AVA
The Wine: The 2013 Lorenzo’s is 100% Mourvedre, sourced from Todd Bostock’s Pronghorn Vineyard. This may well make this wine a thing of the past, as Bostock has been grafting over Petit Verdot and Vranec (a dark, Balkan red varietal) to these vines of late. Bostock feels that Mourvedre does better on the Willcox Bench in his Cimmaron vineyard, rather than the Sonoita AVA. I’ve had vintages I’ve liked from both areas, but I am not opposed to more Vranec in the slightest. I’m not entirely sure how this wine was aged, but the hints of vanilla suggest a small percentage of newer French oak, as well as neutral barrels, for at least a year or so. Like all of the wines in the Los Milic’s label, it is named for a member of Pavle’s family. The color is about the same as any other Arizona Mourvedre: dark garnet.
The Nose: The nose of the 2013 Lorenzo’s is much lighter than that of the Rune, however. Instead of the earth-driven notes of that wine, this Mourvedre is far more fruity and floral on the nose, opening with violets, lavender, plum, cherry, boysenberry, and the classic Sonoita AVA tangerine terroir note. Herbal notes of sage and mint, along with vanilla, also appear on the opening. As the wine opens, this vintage gains notes of pomegranate, cedar, and nutmeg.
The Palate: Again, the 2013 Lorenzo’s is more fruit and floral driven on the palate than the Rune Mourvedre, opening with juicy plum, vanilla, violet, watermelon jolly rancher, and cherry notes that intermingle with citrus zest, sage, and some earthiness. The finish after opening is 45 seconds. It is a little less full-bodied than the Rune Mourvedre, but has a higher acidity. Given time to open up, the palate becomes more earthy, with additional notes of pomegranate, tobacco, and tarragon. The finish at this point in time lasts for 1 minute and 24 seconds.
The Pairing: I paired this wine with some green chile cheeseburgers, but like most Arizona Mourvedre, it will go well with wild game such as elk or venison. Actually: a venison chili would be amazing with this wine; if you are vegan or vegetarian; a chili of that sort would work well as a pairing. If you have received your Thin Mint girl-scout cookies, that will work as a pairing too.
Impressions: As much as I do like Sonoita Mourvedre, I have to agree with Todd–this grape tends to do better, flavorwise, on the Willcox Bench than it does in the Sonoita AVA. (I do feel, though, that this grape does better in Sonoita in terms of flavor profile than it does in the Chiricahua Foothills, however–except of course Colibri, because Colibri is god-damned Rivendell, made of magic and petrified unicorn tears.)
Now, that being said, I will gravitate towards a Mourvedre over a Grenache any day of the week, and the 2013 Lorenzo’s is not a bad Mourvedre in the slightest. Moreover, I really do feel that Mourvedre is a grape that is a serious contender to be one of the varietals that Arizona is known for in the long run. In other words: if you see this bottle, don’t pass it up. And, since it is a little bit lighter-bodied, and somewhat more fruit-forward than the last Mourvedre I looked at, I suspect this will be a more appealing wine to the general consumer palate–not a bad thing at all.
Personification-wise, I feel that this wine is a woman vocalist inclined to Mezzo Soprano, preferring to sing classical pieces in Latin or Italian.