Quivira Mourvedre Dry Creek Valley Wine Creek Ranch 2008

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Mourvèdre has shown itself to be well-suited to the Mediterranean climate of Dry Creek Valley, but that is not to say that it comes easy. Mourvèdre requires considerable hands-on work and vigilance to bring in a ripe, healthy crop. Being the last varietal to ripen increases the odds of fruit on the vine when the rains of autumn arrive. We mitigate this risk by thinning the fruit to just one cluster per shoot, letting the vine focus on a lighter crop and ripen a little earlier. The purity of this compelling varietal is evident, with a gorgeous tension of dark, brooding blackberry and plum interspersed with baking spice and vanilla. A richness in the mid-palate leads to a long, lingering finish. With a firm acid/tannin structure upon release, this wine will benefit from aeration for the first 18-24 months; decant about two hours before serving. This release will continue to open up nicely in bottle through 2013-2015.

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Quivira Vineyards & Winery:
Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Valley. Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commi... Read more
Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Valley. Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commitment to this land, Biodynamic agriculture and our dedication to artisan winemaking. Quivira has been a Demeter-certified Biodynamic and organic winery since 2005 and is guided by a deeply-held principle of careful stewardship of the land and all its creatures. Environmentally conscious winegrowing and winemaking is a way of life at Quivira and the difference can be seen at the estate and tasted in the wines. The Quivira estate comprises four distinct vineyards within the Dry Creek Valley appellation in Sonoma County with a total of 93 acres of vines. In addition to Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, Quivira grows several Rhone varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Winemaker Hugh Chappelle works closely with Quivira's vineyard crew to capture the truest expression of each varietal from Quivira's vineyards. Tasting Room Hours Open daily 11:00am to 5:00pm, except major holidays. Read less

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Snooth User: jshimkin
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3.50 5
08/12/2013

Real elegance in the finish



Mourvèdre has shown itself to be well-suited to the Mediterranean climate of Dry Creek Valley, but that is not to say that it comes easy. Mourvèdre requires considerable hands-on work and vigilance to bring in a ripe, healthy crop. Being the last varietal to ripen increases the odds of fruit on the vine when the rains of autumn arrive. We mitigate this risk by thinning the fruit to just one cluster per shoot, letting the vine focus on a lighter crop and ripen a little earlier. The purity of this compelling varietal is evident, with a gorgeous tension of dark, brooding blackberry and plum interspersed with baking spice and vanilla. A richness in the mid-palate leads to a long, lingering finish. With a firm acid/tannin structure upon release, this wine will benefit from aeration for the first 18-24 months; decant about two hours before serving. This release will continue to open up nicely in bottle through 2013-2015.

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480 cases bottled February 2010 produced.

Aged 18 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8%

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