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Wine Favz, Kestrel Vintners

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Wine Favz, Kestrel Vintners

Hi friends,

Join me as I discover some fabulous wines and add them to my list of Wine favorites. I’m out searching for the next amazing winery to feature for the Friendsfavz Web Show here in Woodinville and am finding some delicious wines to share with you.  This week, I’m featuring  Kestrel Vintners 2011 Mourvedre .

I popped over to my neighbors David and Diane’s house to have them join me in tasting the Mourvedre. It’s always fun to share a new wine with friends and get their impressions.

David began our wine adventure with talking about the Mourvedre grape. He knows much more about wines than I do and has quite the wine collection. I am no wine expert, but I’m excited to learn more about wine, the grapes and especially becoming more sophisticated at tasting!

David was saying that the Mouvedre grape, a Rhone varietal, is generally blended with other grapes,which is the case with, the 2011 Mourvedre by Kestrel Vintners. It is 86%  Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and 4% Syrah.

After talking about the different aspects of the wine and the process of making it, we checked in with the wine notes to see if any of our guesses about the aromas and flavors of the wine were correct, and we were happy to learn that they were! (Well, at least a few of them.)

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To me, wine labels are works of art and tell a little about the personality of the winery. The label on the 2011 Mourvedre has a Kestrel (a type of falcon) stamped in the center surrounded by a very interesting description of the maker’s philosophy on wine. David commented that the Kestrel on the label, can be recognized by its distinctive feather. Diane liked the label because it reminds her of an old classic book. This made me think that this wine would be a perfect one to sip while sitting in a stately library, reading a classic novel.

The color – as you can see from the photo – is a deep garnet with a nice clarity. As we hovered over the glass to enjoy the aromas, David detected a scent of spicy cherry. The wine notes say you will notice an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors. It had such appealing aromas that you could almost drink them in.

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On to the taste! The first word that came to my mind was, “smooth”. Diane described the wine as rich in cherry and hints of other red berries. She brought out a wine tasting kit that had different aromas and we tried to identify some of the undertones of the wine. David mentioned that the Mourvedre has a smooth soft finish and a nice balance of flavors. We were all noting that this is a wine that could either stand on its own or would go great with food.

What a fun way to get together with friends and explore a new wine! We loved the 2011 Mourvedre and would highly recommend it to our friends.

A summary of the Winemaker notes:

The color is deep garnet with black undertones. In the aroma and on the pallet you will find an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors and floral elements such as red currant, cherry, rose-petals, dried herbs, cardamom and mulling spice.

Please find the full wine notes at Kestrel Vintners

I hope you all have a chance to try the 2011 Mourvedre and enjoy it with some friends!

When you visit the Kestrel Vintners tasting room in Woodinville, make sure you tell them that you saw their wine on Friendsfavz

Cheers my friends, Karen

*Save the date: Friendsfavz Web Show filming event at Kestrel Vintners in Woodinville, on Thursday June 25th at 6pm. Come join in the fun and be a part of the live audience! See you there!

Do you have a favorite wine we should consider for our Wine Favz? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing what are your favorites.

Find out more about Kestrel Vintners at

Website –  kestrelwines.com 

Twitter – @kestrelwines

Facebook – Kestrel Vintners