2018 MOURVÈDRE ESTATE GROWN
Mourvèdre is a pretty darn easy grape to grow. It favors setting a rather large crop, with shoots that seem to nearly tuck themselves into our training and catch wires. The fruit is hearty and can survive blistering heat waves and even rain during a vintage. At the same time, Mourvèdre is a terrible grape to grow. It requires lots of warm days to properly ripen and it is among the last grapes that we harvest each year. We have to work tirelessly in the vineyard to remove leaves and open up the canopy for air flow and sunlight penetration. We also drop lots of fruit to the ground to ensure a modest crop of densely flavored grapes. Basically, everything that makes it easy to grow, makes it incredibly difficult and expensive to grow at the high end, with the goal of making incredible and inspiring wines. We are extremely proud of this new vintage and we think all the extra work shows in the quality of the wine. Please enjoy this wine over the next 5 - 7 years.