The theme of this review is patience. Just a little, that’s all it takes – and two, maybe three tastes. The Fine Disregard “Mule Plane” 2019 kindly asks you for this. Too often folks taste once and close the doors on opinion. Not here, buster.
Ripe, slightly sun-shriveled raspberries and strawberries with black olives, roast French herbs and black pepper on the nose. Taste at first is most savory: anise, olives and bitters preempt the wild berry & pomegranate fruits that come a little later. That said, this to me is a savory, not fruity, wine. I like that. It might take you a little time to realize you like it too. “Mule Plane” is a 90+ year old Carignane vineyard in west Lodi. Owners/winegrowers Mike Schieffer & Kara Maraden bought just over a ton, fermented whole cluster, aged in neutral barrel. For all my Fine Disregard reviews, GO HERE. In addition to this Carignane, also try their outstanding 2018 Semillon.