Groundwork 2017 Mourvèdre, Santa Barbara County
Varietal: 100% Mourvèdre - clones 369 & 520
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Vineyard: Santa Barbara Highlands
On aging: 18 months neutral French oak: 84% barriques, 16% puncheons
On fermentation: 100% destemmed fruit was fermented with native yeast and started in the vineyard. 1.5 ton open top fermentors given pumpovers and punchdowns as needed. Unfined, unfiltered, minimal sulfur.
Tasting Notes: Black cherries, pepper crusted tri tip, Mexican dark chocolate, fig, cedar cigar box.
Serving Recommendations: Decant 1-2 hours. Serve slightly below room temperature
Aging Potential: 5-7 years, but who wants to wait that long.
Release date: June 7, 2019
Production: 482 cases
The allure of Mourvedre is one of pure class. Confidence without arrogance. Often playing a supporting roll, but worthy of solo work at any moment. True depth does not need flash.