2017 Harrison Clarke Mourvèdre


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One thing that stands out with Mourvèdre is its unique intensity of color; neither red and refulgent nor inky, this wine has a regal and pure hue through six-plus years in bottle. The nose fits right in, brimming with fine leather, mulberry preserves and charred earth. Equally mineral and silky, there’s tension to back up the savory — with some purple floral undertones — and a more hedonistic side à la blackberry coulis. Here is Piedrasassi having a dalliance with bold red wine to a delicious result. (June 2024)

In 2013 we began grafting our Syrah at the Harrison Clarke Vineyard to Mourvèdre. The vineyard lies above the valley at over 1000 feet of elevation. The soils are mostly limestone and well-drained. Ballard Canyon is a warmer appellation in Santa Barbara County. Mourvèdre ripens here considerably later than Syrah, and therefore accumulates sugar toward the end of the season, during which the vineyard sees less hot weather. The result is better, balanced fruit––rounder tannins, excellent acidity and softer skins.

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