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All of these wines were harvested at different times. Syrah is an early ripener whereas Grenache and Mourvedre tend to be later ripeners.
The Grenache and Mourvedre vineyards were picked specifically for this wine. Lonesome Springs is ideally suited for ripening Rhone grapes and I love Mourvedre from Ciel du Cheval. We knew we'd have an extra barrel of Les Collines Syrah for this blend, but that specific barrel was hand picked to make sure the balance was perfect.
The Mourvedre was saignee to concentrate colors, flavors, and aromas. There was a 48 hour cold soak to extract more anthocyanins from the skins before innoculation. All three wines were fermented and aged separately and blending happened 3 months before bottling to lets the flavors meld together.
For this wine we decided on specific rows in one on Washington's Best Vineyards. Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain is a terrific site, especially for late ripening grapes such as Mourvèdre. We love the sandy soil, aspect on the vineyard, and ultimatley the heat that this vineyard receives.
Mourvèdre is a late ripener and needs a lot of heat to get fully ripe. Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain provides a great spot for this grape. Our fruit was picked on 10/16 based solely on acid levels.
TA 5.2 g/L
Typical Mourvèdre doesn't have near the tannin structure as some if its Bordeaux counterparts. This Mourvèdre from Red Mountain is a little different so, we left the skins in contact for an extended time to extract more flavor, color, and backbone. This was then pressed and put into neutral puncheons for aging. The wine was never racked and then bottled as a single varietal.