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Mourvedre has a checkered past in California. A Spanish variety (monastrell) that migrated to the south of France. It was imported to California in the late 1800’s as Mataro. Often inter-planted with Zinfandel, it added color and diversity to the field blend. Better clones arrived in Paso Robles in 1990 which demonstrate the full potential of this variety.
Our Anna’s Vineyard Mourvedre has all the components of elevation, sun exposure and the coastal influenced afternoon cool down. A late ripening variety it avoided the historic April frosts of 2011. A late October harvest with fermentation on native yeast it has developed, with barrel age, now on its best adolescent behavior.
The finished wine shows a deep, black fruit character with subtle overtones of dried herbs, wild underbrush and game. Approachable now it will age nicely over the next 7 years, thru 2018.
AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard: Anna’s Estate Vineyard
Elevation: 1800-1900 feet
Soil type: Calcareous Limestone
COOPERAGE & DATA
Barrel aged 19 months in 100% French oak; 45% new
Harvest dates: 10/17/11, 10/19/11, & 10/20/11
Variety: Mourvedre 100%
Release date: 02/2014
CA suggested retail: $32