2009 mourvèdre, sonoma valley annadel estate vineyard
2009 Mourvèdre, Sonoma Valley
Annadel Estate VineyarD
Vineyard and Winemaking Notes
The 37.4 acre estate vineyard was established in 1998 at the northwest end of the
Sonoma Valley appellation, fronting 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 Mourvèdre grapes are a result of collaboration between
our winemaker 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. It was then hand sorted, de-stemmed and 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 Mourvèdre is dominated in the nose by rich, black fruits and
intriguing cured meat aromas. The wine is Bordeaux-like in weight but more
Burgundian-like in finesse, balance and flavor.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyard: Annadel Estate
Harvest Date, Brix, pH, TA: 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.
Cases produced: 185
60 Bonneau Road, Sonoma, Ca 95476