100 cases, bottled April 2020
A powerful, smoldering nose. There is classic Mourvèdre funk of flinty gun smoke, and a meaty, salty aromatics: Jamón and coastal breezes. Bay leaf and incense permeate the ripe red fruits, and the palate takes a turn to sweet, exotic, and aromatic wood: cedar and sandalwood. A wine that we only intermittently have the pleasure to produce, good crop levels in 2018 allowed us to bottle two puncheons as a standalone Paso Robles Mourvèdre. From two separate vineyards, both were treated with our standard Mourvèdre protocol: 50% stem inclusion from uncrushed whole bunches, aged in neutral 500L vessels to preserve fruit and perfume. Should develop complexity for the next decade-plus.
91 pts, Wine Enthusiast