Comes a Time

100% Mourvedre

Comes a Time is an expression of two young vineyards located on Adelaida Road, Alta Colina and La Vista.  Bob Tillman planted Alta Colina in 2005; Ken Riding planted La Vista three years later in 2008.  Both are stunning sites with incredibly dedicated owners and great soils.  The 2011 season marked the 5th harvest for Alta Colina and 2nd for La Vista.  The lots were picked within a week of each other in late October and early November.  Each lot was completely destemmed and fermented separately in 1.5 ton bins.  The wines were blended four months after fermentation and aged 14 months in neutral oak barrels. 

Tasting Notes:  The great thing about Mourvedre is when you take that first sniff the fruit qualities can be one of the last things you think about.  Perfumy, delicate notes of green olive tapenade, peppered Coppa, Garrigue, iron, and cinnamon stick explode from the glass.  The palate is silky and mouthwatering with notes of cassis, logan berry and wild raspberries followed by a long, salty and creamy finish.

The Other One

100% Mourvedre

The Other One is 100% Mourvedre from Glenrose Vineyard.  Glenrose was planted with some of the first certified Beaucastel clones in 1998, four years after Tablas Creek planted in 1994.  At 15 years of age, this vineyard represents one of the oldest plantings of these clones outside of Tablas Creek.  The Mourvedre is planted on terraces consisting of some of the highest limestone soil content in West Paso Robles.   Glenrose is truly one of the great expressions of terroir in the area.  The fruit was picked at 3am under lights on Halloween and fermented with 25% whole clusters.  Fermented with native yeast, adding no water, acid, or nutrient, no intervention was needed.

Tasting Notes:  Glenrose Vineyard Mourvedre showcases a very distinct Christmas spice, reminiscent of brown sugar, nutmeg, cocoa, peppermint, and allspice.  The fermentation smells just like this; it is truly an ethereal experience.  Wild sage growing throughout Glenrose is very prevalent along with the distinct chalkiness that screams mineral.  Flavors of boysenberry, dark cherries, and black currant provide an incredible medley of fruit flavors while raw meat, duck sausage, and a range of meat shop aromatics add a savory characteristic.   The finish is all mineral, creamy chalkiness with a pleasant, mouthwatering briny quality.

Either Side of the Hill

70% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre

The first planting at Glenrose was Shiraz Clone 7 in 1994; next year marks its 20th harvest making it one of the oldest plantings of Syrah on the West Side of Paso Robles.  This small 2-acre block resides in a different section of the property than the Mourvedre, what we consider the other side of the hill.  This block yields the smallest clusters and berries we have seen grown in Paso; it yields a measly 1.5 tons/acre.  The berries have very firm skins and taste chalky and meaty on the vine showing great acidity for Syrah.  I remember vividly the point in 2011 when owner, Don Rose, showed me this block, we took one taste of the fruit and Don looked me right in the eye and said, “I think that’s the essence of ethereal.”  I took a sample that day and called a pick for the following morning.  The fruit was picked on September 26th and completely destemmed.   One barrel of Glenrose Mourvedre was blended in from the summit on the other side of the property.

Tasting Notes:  This is Paso Robles Syrah the way we love it: streamlined, focused, acidic, floral, and meaty.  Wild Blueberries, cherry blossoms, anise, white pepper, wild sage and chalk dominate the nose.  The palate is quintessential Syrah, with flavors of blackberry, tar, lapsang souchong, and lavender.  The Mourvedre adds length and earthiness while still maintaining the pure Syrah profile.  The finish is dominated by briny limestone.