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2015 Imagery Mourvedre, Lake County

Medium-bodied wine with rich, dark fruit flavors throughout, including black cherry and hints of blueberry.

Alcohol: 14.7%

pH: 3.70

Cases Produced: 596

Tasting Notes: This medium-bodied wine has rich, dark fruit flavors, including black cherry and hints of blueberry. The mid-palate picks up dark chocolate and white pepper wrapped in aromatic layers of spice and leather. Its balanced acids, chalky tannins and dry finish make this a great food pairing wine. Drink now or cellar for the next 6-8 years.

Vinification: The grapes were cold soaked for 3 days prior to fermentation. Fermentation went to dryness and lasted 14 days. The wine was then lightly pressed to maintain a delicate balance between flavors, color and tannins. The Mourvedre spent 17 months in French oak barrels before bottling in April 2017.

Varietal: Called Monastrell in its native region of Spain, Mourvedre is most famous in Southern Rhône for its blending capabilities. Notoriously playing the role of “M” in GSM blends, its beautiful dark color and high acid and tannin attributes offset that of its lesser Rhone comrades. The varietal thrives in the red volcanic soil found on Shannon Ridge Vineyard in High Valley, in Lake County. This spot produces fruit with deep, rich flavors due to the cooling affects of nearby Clear Lake.