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2014 Mourvèdre
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During a vacation in the early 1990s to Bandol, a wine region in southern France, we were captivated by Mourvèdre's charms. In 1994, we found a Mo (winemaker slang for “Mourvèdre”) vineyard in Redwood Valley, just north of Ukiah. The vineyard was old and weak and consequently had a hard time ripening the fruit. After more than a decade of struggling to make good wine from this field, the vines and winemaker gave up. In 2007, we began producing Syrah and Grenache wines from Dark Horse Vineyards' grapes. A year or two later we discovered that they had a tiny plot of Mourvèdre; so small in fact that in years with a light crop, we had barely enough wine to fill a barrel. In 2012, and again in 2014, the vineyard produced enough crop for a tiny bottling. After fermentation in small bins, the wine was aged in seasoned French oak barrels for ten months. We blended in 12% Dark Horse Syrah for alcohol balance and mid-palate length, then bottled it, unfiltered, to keep the magic “jo” in the “Mo”. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.


We fermented the entire 2014 Mourvèdre crop in just two bins which we punched down by hand twice daily. [above] We wear veterinary gloves to protect our bare skin from the acidic must, but thin enough for us to feel, and mix the must to compensate for temperature variations within the bin. This bottling is made from fully ripe Mourvèdre grapes; a product of healthy vines on well-drained volcanic soil farmed biodynamically.

Specifications
Harvested: Sept. 19, 2014 Sugars at harvest: 25.2° Brix
Bottled: Aug. 13, 2015 Cases produced: 105
Alcohol: 14.1% Titratable acidity: 6.4 g/L
pH: 3.75

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