MOURVÈDRE 2016 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Tasting Notes: Brilliant ruby color. Fresh light wine aromas of fruit, earth and flowers. Crushed raspberries, plum, pomegranate, cranberry and red cherry. Earth of forest floor, cedar, thyme, wildflowers and cinnamon. Finishes nicely balanced with tangy acidity and chewy tannin.
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The Grape: Mourvèdre (moe-vehd) is a classic Rhône grape that produces nice medium to full bodied wines that are often used in blends. Late to bud and late to ripen this is often close to the the last that I harvest.
The Vineyard: Frick's Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, on the southeast-facing hillsides near the winery. This tiny vineyard is composed of rock, gravel and clay from decomposed Dry Creek Conglomerate soil. In this soil the vines have low vigor and produce limited amounts of grapes with distinctive, full, rich and classic varietal character. This block of the vineyard abuts the tasting room.
The Wine: 100% Estate Mourvèdre grapes. Classic clear character of restrained fruit with savory meatiness. Drink now to 2025. Only 74 cases produced.
Serve with: Savory spiced dishes. grilled chicken, polenta sticks, duck breast over lentils, potato vindaloo, grilled cumin spiced eggplant with couscous, mesquite charred prime rib eye