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2018 Mourvedre

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Tasting Notes

Our 2018 Mourvèdre displays vibrant layers of plum, cherry cola, and hints of white pepper. The palate is lush with secondary flavors of black licorice, exotic oak spice and black peppercorn that finishes with velvety tannins and balanced acidity, a perfect wine for food pairing.

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2018 Vintage was a classic Washington State Vintage with a mild winter and very hot summer. The winter leading to Spring was mild and temperatures in March/April were slightly above average leading to our Estate’s Vineyard bud break in middle April. A warm Spring provided perfect growth for the grapevines. Our meticulous farming practices allowed us to manage vigorous growth throughout the growing season so the plants reached our crop size yield goals for each block. An extremely hot summer with cool nights during 2018 advanced the ripeness and growth in the vineyards that we haven’t seen in the last few years providing for an optimal vintage. The hot summer allowed grapes to reach optimal maturity and ripeness levels far exceeding anything we saw in 2017 and 2016. White grape varietals saw a lot more sun exposure creating bountiful aromatics with balanced acidity. The red grape varietals made wines that are lush with dark fruit aromas and silky tannins. The 2018 Vintage will be one to enjoy for many years to come.

Winemaking Notes

Hand-harvested from our Estate Vineyard from Reserve Tier Grapes at optimal ripeness, our Mouvedra was 100% destemmed grapes but not crushed. After a 48-hour cold soak, the wine was warmed up and allowed to ferment as a wild ferment, meaning the grapes' own native yeasts, having the grapes undergo a native ferment gives the wines more depth and darker flavors. A mix of extraction methods was used in order to create a wine of balance and one that showcases the unique traits of the Mouvedra grape. These methods included a gentle punch down in the morning, then a gentle pump over in the evening to incorporate more oxygen into the fermentation. Fermented dry on the skins lasting about 16 days with temperature closely monitored as to not exceed 86 degrees. After fermentation was complete the grapes were sent to the press for a gentle pressing, then sent directly to French Oak barrels. This wine was aged in 15%-2-year-Old French Oak and 85% Neutral French oak. The mix of newer and neutral French oak creates the perfect balance for this wine, allowing the exotic aromatics to be the star of the show while creating layers of creaminess and complexity with just a touch of new French Oak.

Food Pairing

Cumin-Crusted Lamb Rack with Mole Sauce
Barbecued Turkey Skewers with Caramelized Sage Onions
Steak Au Poivre
Fontina or Camembert

  • Varietal Composition: 100% Mourvèdre
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Cases Produced: 160 cases
  • Alcohol: 13.9
  • pH: 3.83
  • Acidity: 6.2
  • Ageability: Now through 2028

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