2018 Desire Lines Experimental Series #2: Fred’s Home Block Mourvèdre
Fred’s Home Block Mourvèdre is from a small parcel of magnificent Mourvèdre planted in the 1880s in Oakley. The vineyard was for many years a core piece of the Bonny Doon Cigare Volant, and for good reason, we’ve discovered: the wine is incredible. The vines are planted on the eastern edge of the Oakley Sands three miles east of Evangelho Vineyard. The wine was fermented with 30% whole cluster for 30 days in tank (we typically drain and press our Evangelho Carignan around 18-21 days) and raised in a single neutral 600L barrel. The wine smells like our local Watmaugh strawberries baked in a cobbler, with orange citrus, a hint of Mourvèdre’s distinctive gaminess, and a plush mouthfeel.
"The 2018 Mourvedre Experimental Series No. 2 - Fred's Home Block from the Del Barba Vineyard, is bold, racy and full of character. Sweet red cherry, plum, leather and earthy notes abound in this mid-weight, flavorful Mourvedre from Cody and Emily Rasmussen. Medium in body, yet deep and so expressive, the 2018 is a winner in this lineup." - 93 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)