|The Wine Guy sampling good wine|
at the Keeling-Schaefer tasting room
in an historic bank building in Willcox, Az.
The Keeling-Schaefer tasting room not only offers a selection of their wines but also samples some wines from Arizona Stronghold and Kokopelli. I not only enjoy the standard tastings but was offered some earlier vintage samples once the attendant found out I was a member of the International Wine Guild and a blogging wine fool, as well. (Thanks Rosanna for your attentive courtesy to myself and the fetching Mrs. Wine Guy!)
While I enjoyed several wines, the outstanding hit of the visit was the Schaefer Boys Mourvedre. This limited release (68 total cases for the 2008 vintage) wine is, unfortunately, limited to sales at the winery, at the tasting room and from the Keeling-Schaefer wine club members. It is, however, well worth the effort to seek it out. It happens to be one of the best balanced of all the Keeling-Schaefer wines and sips very, very well. It offers all the ripe dark fruit flavors you would expect from a 100% Mourvedre with the typical earthiness of this grape. These features give Mourvedre a richness not normally found in many fruit forward wines. Some bold, yet round and smooth, tannins are also characteristic of this varietal when well vintified.
Mourvedre is best known as a blending grape, most notably in Rhone and Rhone style red blends. It is a favorite partnering grape with Grenache with which it seems to have a natural affinity. (Grenacha is another of The Wine Guy's favorite grape varietals ( see "Grenache, A Great Wine To Discover" in the Roger's Grapevine archives, 2/2/10). It is also often found as a single varietal wine in Spain where it goes under the name of Monastrell or Mataro. However you won't find it often as a single varietal from a US producer.
Congratulations, Rod, and thank you for producing such a enjoyable wine!
For more information on Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards, log on to www.keelingschaefervineyards.com or better yet, visit them in Willcox or at one of the many Arizona wine functions they regularly attend!