81% Mourvèdre, 19% Grenache
VINTAGE NOTES: Following a winter with lower than average rainfall, the 2014 growing season got off to a fast start with the earliest budbreak in memory and proceeded without incident—no frost or significant rain—under ideal balmy conditions to finish with record heat accumulation. Harvest was rapid and trouble-free, yielding Mourvèdre and Grenache fruit that was perfectly ripe and loaded with delicious flavor. Harvest occurred two days: September 18 for Grenache and October 1 for Mourvedre.
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 stainless steel tanks for aging. After one racking, 19% Grenache and 81% Mourvèdre were combined for the final blend, which was gently filtered and bottled August 5, 2015.
TASTING NOTES: First impression: the aroma of this wine is a complex array of earth, rhubarb, brown spice and cocoa. On the palate the wine is firm and long with strawberry, cranberry and pomegranate notes that provide perfect balance and breadth to the lively acidity.