Esquisto Mourvedre is great example of a 100% Mourvèdre being produced in California, from Yorkville Highlands. This vineyard is located at around 2500ft, in Mendocino County, on fractured shale, mica-schists and quartz rich rock depleted soils that resemble that of Côte-Rôtie. This truly is a labor intensive vineyard site that entails de-leafing and dropping of fruit for this Mourvèdre to ripen. Owner/Grower Paul Gorden states that only about one ton of fruit an acre was harvested in 2010 to make this wine. Starting out with focused minerality, followed by notes of blueberry and dark fruit, this Mourvèdre is definitely sure to spark conversation at your next gathering!
Chris M., Beltramo's Wine Consultant
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