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2019 Mourvèdre New!
  Mendocino
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Mourvèdre grapes are the last to ripen at Dark Horse Vineyards; they have only a third of an acre planted to this variety and Navarro purchases all of their production. In a vintage with a modest crop, they can deliver less than a ton of fruit and we can make only enough wine to fill a couple of barrels. The 2019 grapes were destemmed and the must was fermented in small bins using the same low-tech regime we follow with Pinot Noir. After 10 months of aging in seasoned French oak barrels we selected a blend that included 12% Syrah and 12% Grenache—all grown biodynamically at Dark Horse Vineyards.

Manuel standing by a stack of French oak barrels.
Both Barbera and Mourvèdre were aged 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels.
Inside of an oak barrel during construction; [below] the staves are staged in place with a pail of burning oak chips inside to make the wood more pliable so that the staves can be bent to the proper curve.
Inside of an oak barrel during construction.


Mourvèdre has a bouquet that we think is similar to birch bark, and the dark fruit flavors have an earthy quality. The Grenache adds some red fruit flavors and the Syrah brings in black cherry flavors and firmness to the cuvée. Only 68 cases are available for sale, and we couldn't produce any Mourvèdre in 2020. Silver Medal winner.

Specifications
Harvested: Oct. 13, 2019 Sugars at harvest: 23.5 Brix
Bottled: Aug. 12, 2020 Cases produced: 71
Alcohol: 13.5% Titratable acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.65

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