Vineyard and Region Information: Rodnick.farm is located on the western slopes of the Gabilan Mountains at 1600-1900 ft. This area experiences a high desert climate along with influences from Monterey Bay. This combination creates an ideal growing climate where extreme day to night temperature swings allow for a longer, more concentrated maturation of grapes. The unique soil combination of limestone and decomposed granite provides excellent drainage required for deep roots and healthy vines.
Wine Notes: Rarely do we even consider releasing a wine so soon after bottling, not to mention the vintage! However, this wine has enough going on in its infancy that we couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you. We utilized 100% whole clusters and fermented 11 months in neutral 550 liter puncheons. On the nose, this Mourvedre is varietally spot on with a savage quality underlying the gorgeous black fruit. It is savory, perfumed and backstopped with deep, dark fruit. On the palate, it is silky, and decadently delicious. Given that this wine is less than six months out from bottling, I would expect it to evolve a great deal in the coming year to reveal more fruit and depth.
Wine Reviews: “From 33-year-old vines planted at 1,600-feet, this lightly colored bottling is loaded with dried herb and bay leaf aromas as well as a rustic and tangy cranberry tone. The palate balances that tart red fruit with graphite, peppercorn and more herb flavors.” **Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast. 91 Points.