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Terre Rouge Mourvèdre, Amador County

Terre Rouge Mourvèdre, Amador County Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Mourvèdre is always the last variety that we pick for our TERRE ROUGE label. Things were no different in the great vintage of 2000 when we brought our Mourvèdre into the winery on November 6th at 24.5š brix, .65 TA, and 3.8 pH. This is a rich full-bodied vintage that is spicy, powerful, and long on the palate. We use cellaring techniques that involve a long lees reduction to help to broaden and fill the middle palate with great textural sensations. The flavors are of blackberry, meaty, with an almost tomato-like Pommard quality. It is definitely gamey like Bandol, without the funkiness that Bandol, often, unfortunately offers. It is a fabulous partner for wild game, lamb, and wild salmon.

Varietal Definition
As long as the weather is warm, Mourvedre ably tolerates a wide variety of soils. It is popular across the south of France, especially in Provence, where it is responsible for the greatness of Bandol, and many a fine red Cotes-du-Rhone. It is often blended in Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Languedoc makes it as a varietal. Spain uses it in many areas, including Valencia. In the United States, Mourvedre remains a minor factor for now, pursued by a few wineries that specialize in Rhone-style wines. The wine it produces can be quite pleasing, with medium weight, spicy cherry and berry flavors and moderate tannins. It ages well.


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