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Mourvedre Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Seldom seen as a varietal on its own, the Thompson Vineyard produces a Mourvedre so good, it deserves its own bottling. In 2000, it was one of the stars of the vintage. We gave the wine all the care needed to maximize its best attributes. Harvested on October 28th, we cold soaked the fruit for 24 hours prior to an open top fermentation for 28 days. During this time we employed “delestage”, a procedure by which red grape juice must is pumped over to promote aeration for a uniform fermentation. It is also known as “pump-over” or “rack-and-return”. The process deconstructs the fruit to eventually construct a wine that optimizes the aromatics, flavor and texture. When fermentation was complete, the Mourvedre was put to barrel for 18 months, 25% new oak. Dark, opaque and dense, the rich black currant, plum fruit character is enhanced by a spicy, clove fragrance and an intriguing forest scent. Perhaps its finest feature is the incredible texture with silky tannins unfolding delicious flavors.

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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