2017 Sonoma Valley "Bedrock Vineyard" Mourvèdre
Given the warm growing season and a very light crop (well under 2 tons to the acre), we picked these 129-year-old vines on September 7th, the earliest ever. Normally we do a small amount of whole-cluster on this wine but in this vintage, we opted to fully destem as some of the rachises (i.e., stems) were just a little too beat up from the heat. Mourvèdre is actually quite fastidious. It wants heat to fully ripen but without adequate water, portions of or even entire clusters will wither into hard scrabble during a heatwave. Hence why Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers plant Mourvèdre in clay-based soils. As usual, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium ruby-red. Red cherry, plum, tobacco, and a slight whiff of iron greet the nose. Very much medium weight in feel, a crystalline-like structure surrounds the mouthwatering, iron-laced red-cherry fruit. Like the 2016, this rendition is all about exceptional balance, poise, and finesse. It can certainly be enjoyed now with anything from chicken to beef but should also age and develop remarkably well. Drink from 2021 through 2031. (MRO - 11/1/19)