Meet Mourvedre

Introducing a festive new pairing for your Thanksgiving feast

By Allison Jones November 1, 2013 Published in the November 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

First things first: it’s pronounced moo-VED-ruh. Meatier than pinot noir and more interesting than cabernet sauvignon, the best examples of this often overlooked (or blended) wine show restraint, revealing the softer side of the naturally smoky red grape. These five local bottles—including three made within Portland city limits—are perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving spread.

2011 Helioterra Wines Columbia Valley Mourvèdre $30

Bursting with rich aromas of roasted cranberries, pink peppercorns, and cocoa, this savory, medium-bodied wine’s tannins are balanced by bright acidity. 

2012 Edwin Dyer Folin Vineyard Mourvèdre $30

This limited-production bottling from Alchemy Wine Productions embodies mourvèdre’s best qualities, with earthy notes and lots of fresh, lively red fruit. 

2011 Syncline Columbia Valley Mourvèdre $30

Sourced from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain AVAs, this bright wine is concentrated and fresh, with aromas of herbs de Provence and dried cranberries. Few things pair better with classic sage stuffing.

2011 Seven of Hearts Chatte d’Avignon Mourvèdre $29

With this brooding bottle, winemaker Byron Dooley showcases the darker side of Old World wines. Offering notes of smoke, leather, and inky black berries, this bottle will satisfy fans of heftier varietals.

2011 Enso Winery winemakers’ reserve Mourvèdre $35

This savory, whole cluster–fermented wine is full of juicy red berries balanced by notes of dried herbs—a perfect partner for mashed potatoes with rosemary.

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