2014 H/H Estates Robert Andrews Mourvedre
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Sweet peppercorn mixes with fresh red fruits, light oak and smells complex. The flavors are more red fruits balanced with oak and tannin. The wine is medium bodied and has a long finish.
Double Gold, 2018 Denver International Awards
2014 was a hot vintage in Eastern Washington. Coyote Canyon vineyard had an early spring that led to early bud break. The Summer was hot but consistent, the temperature didn’t get into the triple digits often and grapes were able to ripen at a nice pace. When Fall arrived, the white wines were picked early but a cooling trend allowed most of the reds extra hang time to fully develop their flavors. All our grapes are handpicked and fermented separately so each varietal gets a chance to shine. After fermentation, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 18-22 months. Blends are made after 12 months so the wine can fully integrate before bottling.
Mourvedre is becoming more than just a great blending grape in Washington. It has structure and depth. I love this block because it is located near the top of our vineyard just below the crosses. You get a great view looking down on the entire Coyote Canyon Vineyard and can look all across the valley to the Southern edge of the AVA. The berries are big and the clusters impressive. We handpicked and processed these grapes into a small fermenter. It was aged in 100% French oak barrels for 20 months.