72% Mouvèdre, 28% Grenache
VINTAGE NOTES: Following a winter with lower than average rainfall, the 2013 growing season got off to a fast start and proceeded without incident—no frost or significant rain—under warm conditions. Harvest was rapid and trouble-free, resulting in two perfect grape lots that made this blend: Mourvèdre and Grenache. The Grenache came in a month before the Mourvèdre, but balmy conditions of that Indian Summer ripened both to perfection.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Grapes were gently destemmed into small, chilled fermenters and held for three days of cold soak before start of fermentation. As the tanks warmed, fermentation commenced and lasted seven days with hand punch downs twice per day. After pressing the young wines went straight to French oak barrels—25% of which were new—for aging. After one racking, 28% Grenache and 72% Mourvèdre were combined for the final blend, which was gently filtered and bottled August 7, 2014.
TASTING NOTES: The aroma of this wine is a complex array of earth, rhubarb, brown spice and cocoa. On the palate, the wine is long on cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate notes. A perfect balance and breadth to the lively acidity of this wine.