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Mourvedre 2017

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Description

VINTAGE

2017 began with abundant rainfall.  Spring was mild, resulting in extended flowering.  Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear.  By early October, when the wine country wildfires started, 90% of 2017 grape tonnage was in and by the end of October, harvest was complete.  Vintners rigorously evaluated the grapes and fermenting wines that may have been affected by the fires. 


VINEYARD

The Sierra Foothills AVA is among one of the largest in the world, encompassing 2.5 million acres of land. The very first vineyards were planted in this region during the California Gold Rush. The Dacus Vineyard lies in a remote sloping hillside area located at 1700 feet above sea level which placing it above the fog line. This region is known for long, warm, sunny summer days balanced by nights that are cooled by breezes flowing from the Sierra mountain range. Soils in the area surrounding the Dacus vineyard are made up of decomposed granite and volcanic rock.

 

WINEMAKING

30 percent whole cluster and open top fermentation were used for this wine.  Native fermentation was used and the wine spent 18 months aging in neutral oak barrels.  Being one of the favorite varietals made in the cellar, winemaker intervention is minimal and the native fermentation is the truest varietal expression from the vineyard.

 

WINE DESCRIPTION

Your nose will be surprised when it smells dried porcini mushroom, herbs de Provence, black pepper and dark fruit.  The palate shows plum and savory dark berry, with medium tannins.  The wine has a clean and focused finish with prominent acid and bitter cocoa nib.

 

FOOD PAIRING – Provided by Eric, our Winemaker

Eric prefers simple foods and he found the perfect pairing to go with his favorite of all varietals.  Grilled meats, marinate with salt, pepper and some fresh herbs.  Lamb chops was a winning combination, as well as tri-tip and bratwurst (not marinated).  Grill up some of your favorite meats one Saturday or Sunday and you are set for a day of football!

Vintage 2017
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Mourvedre
Harvest Date October 2, 2017
Sugar 24.6° Brix@harvest
Acid 5.4
PH 3.4
Aging 18 months neutral oak
Bottling Date June 18, 2019
Alcohol % 13.8
Size 750 ml