2015 Mourvèdre, Contra Costa County
Boysenberry, Star Anise, Beet Root
- Hand harvested in the early morning cool of September 2, 2015
- Aged 11 months in French oak barrels (40% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
This Mourvèdre is a Southern Rhone, thick-skinned variety often used in GSM blends. The fruit produces big, juicy wines with a hearty amount of extract and strong structure.
Sandy Lane Vineyard overlooks the Sacramento Delta and benefits from the cooling effects of the water. Planted in the early part of the twentieth century, these gnarly, head-trained, spur-pruned vines are dry farmed in soils as sandy as a beach.
2015 marked the 4th year of drought in California. Cool weather during bloom in May and June led to a remarkably early harvest, resulting in lower yields, but fruit with concentrated flavors and colors.