Our 2016 Mourvèdre shows a spicy, meaty nose of blackberry jam, red current, raspberries, cocoa, and saddle leather. The palate is tangy with deep flavors of plum skin, clove, and meat drippings. Chewy tannins and sweet spice linger on a warm and savory finish.
Adjacent to an ancient volcanic cinder cone and nestled into the remote eastern edge of High Valley our Volcano Ridge vineyard features steep slopes and strikingly red volcanic soils. Originally planted in 2003 and 2004, the vineyard totals 85 acres and is planted to a sizable number of varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and
Zinfandel. The vineyard elevation ranges from 1900 ft. to 2200 ft. The volcanic sands and tephra (small, fused sand pebbles) of the Konocti series make for excellent drainage. Vines struggle in these soils, and the intensity of that struggle is reflected in the layers of complexity and structure, in the concentrated fruit, and in the final expression of Volcano Ridge wines.
This 2016 Mourvèdre was too special to only be used as a component in our Eruption blend, so it was set aside to be an individual wine. Our Volcano Ridge Mourvèdre
was processed gently to create a whole berry fermentation. After a 3-5 day cold soak, the grapes underwent primary fermentation, then extended maceration on the must. This process gently extracted more color and flavor from the wine. The wine was then sent to 50% new French oak and 50% neutral French oak to undergo a naturally occurring malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was stirred monthly on its lees to achieve body and texture. After 18 months in
barrel, this Mourvèdre was lightly fined and bottled without filtration.