The 19 year old Mourvedre vines at Glenrose are some of the most mature in west Paso; every year this wine continues to add more layers as the roots reach deeper into the limestone. There are two Mourvedre plantings on the summit and we are lucky to have three terraces on both the upper and lower blocks. The upper block, at 1,800 feet elevation, brings the intense fruit to this wine as well as very fresh acidity. The lower block, at 1,300 feet, receives less sunshine and therefore yields a wine with intense minerality, very chalky tannins and a crushed rock note on the palate. As is custom, we blend the two together in various percentages every year to make a wine that has incredible freshness and a distinct sense of place.
The upper and lower blocks were picked together on September 25th and fermented separately outside of one cofermentation. All of the fruit was fermented 100% whole cluster in 1.5 tons bins and managed with punch downs twice a day. During blending the two best barrels were selected from each block along with the free run of the cofermented lot to create the final blend for our flagship Mourvedre: a 50/50 mix of the two blocks. After fourteen months in neutral French barrels the wine was bottled on January 11th.