2012 Thomas Coyne Contra Costa County Mourvedre SKU #1241433

Price: $9.99

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Tasting Notes

Back in August of last year I was approached by Anne Marie Coyne-Kashkooli, the daughter of Thomas Coyne, she was curious if we were interested in buying a large lot from her Father's winery that is no longer in business, the Thomas Coyne Winery. To hear that name was a blast from the past for me. For years before I came to K&L I sold the wines out of a little shop in Berkeley that I helped run and they were always wildly popular with our customers. They were wines of zero pretense, full of charm and ease so I was all ears. Turned out Thomas has passed away and as the moving force of the winery the family decided not to continue the business. I hadn't had the wines in years, Thomas loved making wine and finding great vineyards in not so famous areas but he wasn't much for pounding the pavement and selling his wines outside of the winery. Tasting the wines again I was reminded of why they were always so successful, they were great table wines with enough fruit and exuberance to drink as cocktail wines, they were spot on for their varietals and they has so much verve and unassuming beauty. So Anne Marie and I worked through all of the details, and we've selected a handful of wines that we think our customers will love. The kicker is we are bringing all of these wines to you for deeply discounted prices! (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Thomas Coyne loved Mourvedre. He made one, or more, versions of Mourvedre for as long as I can remember back in the biz. So it was imperative to me that one of the many Mourvedres he made be included in our initial offer of his wines. From a site in Contra Costa County this wine is heavily spiced on the nose with considerable wet stone, white pepper, roasted pork and white sage aromatics. Fresh and sassy on the palate this has pitchy cherry and raspberry fruit with sweet tinged pork au jus. Very umami based with an airy openness this is wonderfully Rhone in it sensibility and ripeness. I thought this was a great wine for summer BBQs, pork shoulders and lamb. My mouth is watering already.
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    As a winemaker, I think that the two most difficult wines to make are Pinot Noir and Mourvedre. The former because it is so temperamental and unstable as a grapevine and wine, depending on the clone, and the later because it is such an odd grape cluster and resulting wine. After trying to produce Mourvedre several times the last twenty years, I gave up. It was just too frustrating. The grape clusters are large, the grapes are large, and you really don’t get much color into the wine until several rackings after pressing (it needs oxidation to pick up good color, I guess?). I now really understand why there are so few single varietal Mourvedres vinified in France and domestically, and why it is used as a blending with Syrah, Grenache, etc. Sooo, when I tasted this wine from Thomas Coyne, I was totally astounded that this winemaker could create such a delicious wine with profound characteristics and balance. Medium deep ruby in color, the opulent nose is loaded with anise to peppery spiciness, with a mild cedary undertone. In the mouth, this Gem is full, broad, viscous, well-integrated, savory, lush, and just amazing to taste and consume. Its long finish leads to a wine that is ready to drink now but will only get better with more bottle aging. Rusty has ordered me bring home cases of this Gem. Great Value! Don’t Miss It! ***** ABV NOT AVAILABLE *****
    Drink from 2016 to 2020
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is my favorite wine of the Coyne series. Even more so at this bargain basement price. This is textbook Mouvedre in the French style, with a savory character and accompanying spices. It also has rich, plummy fruit that does not have the stewed prune aspect that we get from this varietal as is common with other winemakers.
    Top Value!
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Rich ripe fruit is instantly present on the nose of this lovely little bottle. The wine is full of juicy red fruit and has a wonderfully soft and full mouth feel. The acid on the finish allows the wine to linger for a little while inviting another sip.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    Man, what a great everyday wine! This has everything I want out of a Mourvedre. Fresh, bright red fruits, and a nice, solid acid structure and tartness. Finishing with great spices, some medium power, but nothing is over the top in this bottling, and did I mention the elegance...tons of elegance at this price tag! Grab one of these while they're here...It's a rarity to find a single varietal bottling of this great, interesting grape from CA.
    Top Value!
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a wine for those who want a big, round, ripe and fruity wine. The Coyne Mourvedre is lush and mouth filling with bright red fruit flavors intermixed with subtle savory and spicy notes. It will go well with hearty foods like hamburger or grilled meats.


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