2015 Sonoma Valley "Bedrock Vineyard" Mourvèdre
Coming from vines planted in 1888, I would not be surprised if there was no other bottled California Mourvèdre from vines this old. This is drinking history! Picked September 15th, we opted for 8% whole cluster to add a dash of spice to the aromas and flavors. Pressed after 16 days on the skins and aged in all French oak, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium to medium-dark ruby-garnet. Earth, tree-bark, dried orange peel, and cherry can all be found in the moderately intense aromas. Medium-full bodied, with plenty of red fruit on the palate, this wine displays Mourvèdre’s earthier (but certainly not funky) side along with plenty of minerality in the persistent finish. An ager for sure, we’d suggest holding on to it until 2024 and then enjoying it through 2034. (MRO – 07/18/17)