Don’t let the broader “Sonoma County” designation fool you. This is no ordinary Mourvèdre! Most of you know that each year we typically produce a Sonoma Valley “Bedrock Vineyard” Mourvèdre from vines planted in 1888. That was certainly our intention in 2013. But after coming up with the final Two Acres blend, we ended up with four unused barrels of old-vine Russian River Valley Mourvèdre. On a whim, we decided to see if these four barrels would play nicely with the Bedrock Mourvèdre. Oh my! Not only did they play nicely, they rounded third and got to home base! Since we’re all about making the best wine possible, we went with the blend. (Sorry Morgan!) Unfined and unfiltered.
Medium to medium-dark ruby-red. While red cherries abound, swirling reveals a whiff of smoked game, tree bark, rose petal, and sweet, fragrant pipe tobacco. Medium-full to full-bodied with a texture that needs to be experienced to be believed. It coats. It envelops. It saturates. But thanks to some of the most polished, refined tannins you’ll ever find in Mourvèdre, the wine retains a sense of elegance and grace. A very pure, unadulterated expression of Mourvèdre with no whole cluster to detract from the fruit. While this wine can be enjoyed now, it also should age well. (Mourvèdre is very high in anti-oxidants.) Drink late 2016 through 2028. (MRO – 07/18/15)