2014 Russian River Valley "Two Acres" Red Wine
100% Field blend of Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Carignane, Peloursin, and Alicante Bouschet
Normally we pick this 1910 vineyard in multiple passes and then assemble the best blend the following spring. In 2014, however, all varieties were ripe within the same window so we picked in one pass and cofermented all varieties in a single tank. It would be difficult to prove scientifically but something good seems to happen when varieties are fermented together. Ninety percent of the fruit was destemmed while 10% (a portion of the Mourvèdre) was left as whole cluster. Five-day cold soak. Indigenous fermentation. Pressed after 15 days on the skins to all French oak, only 15% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A powerful nose of Christmas spices, burnt caramel, charcuterie and plum. Truly inviting. The palate provides a deep, round plummy note that speaks profoundly of Mourvèdre before the mixed black varieties introduce themselves with a richness and velvety texture on the tongue, adding dimension and depth. Elements to the finish include tar, Asian 5 Spice, citrus pith and cinnamon stick. Luxuriously textured. A lovely wine, especially for those who harbor an appreciation for the greatness of Mourvèdre. Drink or hold – you won’t regret the decision. Drink 2018 – 2030. (JCM – 07/18/16)