MOURVÈDRE 2017 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Tasting Notes: Brilliant clear purple-red. Bright wine aromas of cranberry, current, earth and leather. Complex array of flavors includes boysenberry, cranberry, current, raspberry, plum mushroom, black olives, cocoa, roast meat drippings, star anise, wild blackberries, thyme, black pepper, sour cherry, black tea. Round subtle balance.
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The Grape: Mourvèdre (moe-vehd) is a classic Rhône grape that produces nice medium to full bodied wines with a meaty character. Often used in blends to add earthy complexity. Late to bud and late to ripen this is often close to the the last grape 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 and classic varietal character. Lush without being overbearing. This block of the vineyard abuts the tasting room.
The Wine: 100% Estate Mourvèdre grapes. Classic precise Mourvèdre character of dark red fruits with savory meatiness. Drink now to 2028. Only 134 cases produced.
Serve with: Good with savory dishes. grilled chicken with wild rice, polenta sticks, dal (lentil soup), duck breast with lentils, potato vindaloo, grilled cumin spiced eggplant with couscous, mesquite charred lamb, barbecued beef short ribs, sautéed shiitake and portobello mushrooms, roast rabbit, dishes spiced with soy sauce or black pepper.