2012 Sonoma Valley "Bedrock Vineyard" Mourvèdre
The 124-year-old Mourvèdre vines at Bedrock Vineyard were picked October 12th at 25.0 Brix. While we are fans of the judicious use of whole clusters with this variety, the rachises (i.e., stems) in this vintage seemed unusually green and bitter to us. As a result, we felt it best to fully de-stem and produce a wine focused purely on fruit. (It could be argued, I suppose, that stems detract from fruit and are, in essence, an extra ingredient to the wine.) After a five-day cold soak, indigenous fermentation began. On October 31st, the wine was pressed to all French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium to medium-dark ruby-garnet. Scents of macerated cherries, earth, and tree bark emerge from the glass. On the palate, red cherries and a dusty, iron-like quality. Quite polished and well-mannered with suave tannins building on the finish. Approachable now but being Mourvèdre, certainly very age worthy. Put it away for a couple of years and then enjoy from 2016 to 2028. (MRO – 07/18/14)