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Cinnabar Winery

2015 Mourvèdre, Contra Costa County

2015 Mourvèdre, Contra Costa County

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/ 750 mL
SKU: 5203

The Taste


Boysenberry, Star Anise, Cured Meats

The Science




Varietal Content
90% Mourvèdre
5% Alicante Bouschet
5% Syrah

Sandy Lane Vineyard

173 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 2, 2015
Released Feb. 1, 2017
Age 5-7 years

The Magic

  • 5 days cold soak; 30% whole cluster
  • Fermented 12 days in open-top plastic bins
  • Aged 11 months in French oak (40% new)
  • Bottled unfiltered

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker & Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

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.

The Land

Sandy Lane Vineyard overlooks the Sacramento Delta and benefits from the cooling effects of the water. Planted in the early part of the 19th century, these gnarly, head-trained, spur-pruned vines are dry farmed in soils as sandy as any beach.

The Season


In early 2015, California experienced 30% more rainfall than in prior years, easing concerns over a possible fourth consecutive drought. Bud break in March was normal, but May was cold and wet, disrupting bloom and reducing crop loads up to 40% in some areas. Despite this, the vintage produced wines that are more structured, ensuring greater ageability.

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