2009 annadel estate vineyard mourvèdre, sonoma valley
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MouRvÈdre, Sonoma Valley
Vineyard and Winemaking Notes
The 37.4 acre Estate vineyard was established in 1998 at the northwest end of the
Sonoma Valley appellation, fronting on the Sonoma Highway in the narrow Annadel
Gap. Though the parcels are in the Sonoma Valley Appellation, the site drains northwest toward Santa Rosa Creek and the elevation ranges from 410 to 530 feet.
These meticulously farmed Mourvedre grapes are a result of the collaboration of the
knowledge and experience from our winemaker, consulting viticulturist, and quality
driven farmers. This fruit was hand harvested early in the morning to ensure the
coldest juice possible and came into the winery in exceptional condition. Then we
hand sorted, de-stemmed and the fruit was put into one-ton bins. After fermentation
was completed, we avoided harsh and green tannins by using a basket press which
prevents skins and seeds from being crushed. The juice then underwent complete
malolactic fermentation. Our finished wine was transferred to French oak barrels,
30% new, where it aged for 11 months before being bottled.
Our full-bodied Mourvedre is dominated in the nose by rich, black fruits and
intriguing cured meat aromas. It has Flavors of blackberry, spice, and cola with well
integrated, velvety tannins.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyards: Annadel Estate
Harvest Date, Brix, pH, TA
Mourvedre: 10/4, 24.2, 3.38, 5.8
Fermentation/aging: crushed, destemmed, 15% whole cluster, on skins for 22 days,
basket pressed, barrel aged in French oak, 30% of these barrels were new. Racked
once in the spring of 2010.
185 Cases produced
60 Bonneau Road, Sonoma, Ca 95476