La Clarine Farm 2017 Mourvedre, Cedarville Vineyard, Sierra Foothills
Item Number: 12706
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Cedarville Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Mourvedre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 11.2
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Case Production: 150
Vintage Notes by Hank Beckmeyer: "2017 turned out to be an unusual and, in my opinion, great vintage for our red wines. Just at the beginning of harvest we had a week-long heat wave, which pretty much freaked everyone out. Not only was it hot (over 100 for many days in a row), but the heat spike came at a time when some of the early reds were "almost there." There was lots of fast and furious picking going on!
After it cooled back down to normal, the vines were in shock. At those temperatures the vines basically turn themselves off and go into survival mode in an effort to save internal moisture. Pretty much everything stops - sugar accumulation in the grapes and photosynthesis - except for acid metabolization. So you get no extra sugar but much lower acid levels in your grapes. Also, the heat seemed to stun the vines so deeply, that the resumption of normal ripening was set back for weeks.
As a result, we (the collective "we" as a wine growing region) found ourselves with grapes of very low potential alcohols that, because of the unusually low acids for that time in the ripening curve, tasted ripe. There are a couple of solutions here: first, you could just wait and let the grapes slowly gather up sugar and then add acidity back to the wine in the cellar, or, second, you take what nature has given you and pick your grapes at low alcohols, but with perfectly balanced acidity. Guess what we did?"
Tasting Notes: The La Clarine Farm Cedarville Mourvedre clocks in at 11% alcohol; it is insanely drinkable. It has rich flavor and all the classic Cedarville notes: cranberry, black tea, nori, white pepper, and citrus peel. It really is an ethereal version with style and class in spades. Enjoy this delicious red wine reflective of its vintage.