2013 H/H Estates Robert Andrews Mourvédre
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
August 17th, 2015
The first thing you notice is the dark garnet color. The aromas are beautiful and intense, Bing cherries, blueberries, toasted oak, black pepper, chocolate, and herbs. The oak component mixes with dark red fruit flavors and has some nice spice characteristics as well. The tannins are subtle and add complexity to the finish. Mourvèdre is starting to be bottled as a varietal more lately and this is a splendid example of why.
Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard AVA: Horse Heaven Hills Grower Degree Days: 3164 Precipitation: 4.6’
Mourvèdre is a new wine for me to make and it has been very interesting to work with. 2013 was my first vintage fermenting Mourvèdre and I had to rely on my resources to help guide me in my decision making. This vintage turned out amazing. The grapes were harvested a little later than I anticipated but the concentration and intensity of the wine really help to balance the alcohol content. In general, the hot vintage season of 2013 presented some challenges for making Mourvèdre. Luckily, we have this planted at a higher elevation, slopped spot at the vineyard that helped it ripen well and develop perfectly. A little Syrah was added to the final blend to add some depth and complexity to the final wine. Aged in 100% French oak for 22 months this is a wine that should age nicely for 12-15 years.