2019 Ancient Vines Mourvèdre Rosé

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90 Points (2018 vintage)
Planet Grape

In the wonderful tradition of rosés found in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France, the 2019 Cline Mourvèdre Rosé is perfect on its own, well-chilled. It shows pleasant aromas of fresh plum, strawberry, and watermelon and flows onto the palate with medium-body, layers of cherry, and a hint of plum. The finish has notable freshness and length.

Three vineyards planted in the deep, sandy soil of Contra Costa supply us with this Mourvedre. These vineyards benefit from the evening cooling effects of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers which allows the grapes to hold their bright acid character. The combination of extremely well-drained sandy soil and low average rainfall create a tonnage-limiting environment that produces grapes with great intensity.

The wine is made primarily from the red grape Mourvedre. It is made as a Blanc de Noir or a “white of a red grape”. The light pink color of the wine comes from the extraction of pigment from the skins. This color pick-up takes place during the gentle crushing and pressing of the grapes which happens before fermentation begins. We ferment the juice slowly at cold temperatures to preserve the bright fruit flavors. This is a fun wine to make because it is the absolute expression of the grape - no oak, malolactic, lees contact, or anything else that might complicate the flavors. This is what fermented Mourvedre grape juice tastes like!

Vintage
2019
Wine Type
Rosé Wine
Varietal
Mourvèdre Rosé
Appellation
Contra Costa County
Harvest Date
August 22-28
Acid
.59g/100ml
pH
3.54
Alcohol %
13

Tasting Notes & Pairings

Floral raspberry and vanilla aromas and user-friendly watermelon, cherry and spice flavor. Pairs with spicy foods, chicken Provencal, salmon and Teriyaki.

A fun and festive rosé, with floral raspberry and vanilla aromas and user-friendly watermelon, cherry and spice flavors.

– Wine Spectator