43% Mourvedre, 38% Grenache,
518 cases produced
20 months in French Oak, 25% new
Aging potential: 6-8 years
Alta Mesa Vineyard: 17.5 acres of Mourvedre and Grenache grow on
decomposed granite, gneiss, schist, basalt and clay loam at 3,200 feet above
sea level, making this one of the highest elevation vineyards in the US.
Superb clonal selection, tight spacing, huge day/night temperature
differentials and meticulous vineyard work produce grapes that yield vibrant,
complex and compelling wines.
Winemaking: 40% whole cluster fermented in small, open top bins, and spent
20-25 days on skins with pump -overs during cold soak and punch downs
during fermentation. Aged 20 months in 500, 265 and 228 liter barrels.
Keywords: violet, licorice, cola, rock dust, nori, lavender candy, black, mint,
cherry, granite, hibiscus, milk chocolate, fresh wild strawberries, allspice, soft
tannins, long spicy finish.http://www.barrel27-mcpricemyers.com/assets/client/File/2010%20Altas%20Vinas%20Tech%20Notes.pdf