Ancient Vines Mourvèdre offers distinct chocolate characteristics, luscious deep plum, and concentrated cherry. This scrumptious and unusually delightful wine has a substantial mouth-feel followed by structured and balanced tannins.
Our Ancient Vines Mourvèdre draws from some of our oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing vineyard blocks. These blocks perpetually produce fruit that is of stunning concentration. We are able to reach this concentration as a result of sensitive farming practices, the singular Oakley terroir, and a unique cooling band of air that flows in from the Sacramento Delta. The age of the vines, limited rainfall and low nutrient sandy soil, naturally restrict yields to only 2 to 3 tons per acre. These grapes hold characteristics of dark, dusty berry fruit that makes our Ancient Vines Mourvèdre so lustrous.
Individual lots of grapes were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. Grapes underwent total destemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast. An ideal temperature was maintained to aid in the extraction of flavor and color. The wine was pressed off the skins at dryness before being racked onto dark toasted American oak where it was gently aged for 12 months.