2016 Mourvèdre, Contra Costa County
Brierberry, Mushroom, Cured Meats
- 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)
George Troquato, Winemaker & Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
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.
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.
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.