Varietal: Called Monastrell in its native region of Spain, Mourvèdre is most famous in Southern Rhône 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 Rhône comrades. The varietal thrives in the red volcanic soil found on Shannon Ridge Vineyard in High Valley, Lake County. This spot produces fruit with deep, rich flavors due to the cooling affects of nearby Clear Lake.
Vinifi cation: The grapes cold soaked for 3-5 days prior to fermentation. Fermentation went to dryness and lasted 14-18 days. The wine was then lightly pressed to maintain a delicate balance between fl avors, color and tannins. The 2011 Mourvèdre spent 17 months in French oak barrels before bottling in April 2013.
Tasting Notes: The 2011 Mourvèdre is a softer version of itself. Bright cherry and vanilla aromas fill the olfactory while the palate senses dark cherry and bright berry. Overall this wine is bright and will not tire the palate. Strongly present is its soft tannins that allow the wine's texture to shine. Drink now or cellar for 6-8 years.
Label art by: Gregory Amenoff, Kerhonkson, New York