The 20-year-old Mourvèdre vines at Glenrose Vineyard are some of the most mature in west Paso, and every year this wine continues to develop more complexity as the roots reach deeper into the limestone. There are two Mourvèdre plantings on the summit at Glenrose, 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 and very chalky tannins that have 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 but also a distinct sense of place.
The upper and lower blocks were picked together on October 13th and then fermented separately. All of the fruit was fermented 100% whole cluster in 1.5-ton bins and managed with punch downs twice a day. During blending, I selected the two best barrels from each block as the final blend for our flagship Mourvèdre for a 50/50 mix of the two blocks. After nine more months in neutral French barrels, the wine was bottled on December 18th.