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 wine is part of our new Experimental Series, an opportunity for us to experiment with wines we’re excited about that may not yet fit our single-vineyard model. Things like new vineyards, individual blocks, experimental fermentations, or single barrel selections.
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