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Cinnabar Winery

2016 Mourvèdre, Contra Costa County

2016 Mourvèdre, Contra Costa County

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SKU: 5613

The Taste


Brierberry, Mushroom, Cured Meats

The Science




Varietal Content
95% Mourvèdre
5% Alicante Bouchet

Sandy Lane Vineyard

143 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 7, 2016
Released Feb. 1, 2018
Age  5-7 years

The Magic

  • 3 days cold soak; 30% whole cluster
  • Fermented 11 days in open-top plastic bins
  • Fermented warm to 85 degrees
  • Punched down 2–3 times daily
  • Aged 11 months in French oak (45% new)

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker & Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

Also known in Spain as Mataró or Monastrell, Mourvèdre is grown in the Southern Rhône region of France, where it is blended with Grenache and Syrah. A thick-skinned grape variety, Mourvèdre produces wines with good color, mouthfeel, tannin, and structure.

The Land

Sandy Lane Vineyard overlooks the Sacramento Delta near the town of Oakley. Called “the oldest inter-planted vineyard in California,” it was inter-planted with Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, and Carignan on St. George rootstock in the early 20th century. These ancient head-trained, spur-pruned vines benefit from the cooling effects of the Delta and are dry farmed in soils as sandy as any beach.

The Season


2016 saw more rainfall than in the previous five years, bringing some relief to an ongoing drought. Temperatures on average were warm, producing grapes that were fully ripe with above-average crop size.

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