Groundwork 2019 Mourvèdre, Arroyo Grande Valley
A real change in direction of the wine this year- In the past the GW Mourvedre has been mostly Santa Barbara highlands fruit- a lot more arid and warmer vineyard there. Now in 2019 moving to Old Protrero vineyard in Arroyo Grande Valley- cool climate, non-irrigated vineyard. Almost looks like Spain out there- Soft moondust sand. The Old Protrero Vineyard is pruned once and then the fruit is harvested, so truly a clear reflection of the vintage in that vineyard (not a lot of intervention at all- minimal farming). There’s no fixing anything in that vineyard- you get what you get. Because of it’s location compared to Santa Barbara highlands, it has a lot more acid in it than previous vintages, and it’s a leaner pick. So this Mourvèdre is varietally true, nothing over the top. Light, acid driven, elegant expression of Mourvèdre.