Called Monstrell in its native region of Spain,
Mourvedre is most famous in Southern Rhone for its blending
capabilities. Notoriously playing the role of “M” in
GSM blends, its beautiful dark color and high acid and tannin
attributes offset that of its lesser Rhone comrades. The varietal
thrives in the red volcanic soil found on Shannon Ridge
Vineyard in High Valley, in Lake County. This spot produces
fruit with deep, rich flavors due to the cooling affects of nearby
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Label Art by Sandra Ortiz Taylor of San Francisco, California
This varietal is known for its zingy,
spicy, slightly gamey flavors - it’s not an excessively fruity grape!
The nose slowly reveals red berry richness with a licorice edge
upon opening. On the palate think savory - toasty, herby, coffee.
Oak barrel aging adds an additional layer of vanilla with
an enticingly smoky finish. Its balanced acids, chalky tannins
and dry finish make this a great food pairing wine. Try with a
hearty sausage stew or grilled meats.
During the 2008 growing season the elements
played a huge role in our vineyard management – from frost
to drought, high winds to heat waves, we were hard at work
from start to finish. Initially, harvest began early in August, but
cooler temperatures slowed things down and it continued at an
even pace that lasted into October.
The grapes cold soaked for 3 days prior
to fermentation. Fermentation went to dryness and lasted 14
days. The wine was then lightly pressed to maintain a delicate
balance between flavors, color and tannins. The 2008 Mourvedre
spent 17 months in French oak barrels before bottling in
365 cases produced.