1990 Ridge Vineyards "Evangelho" California Mataro

SKU #1143423

Grown in the San Francisco Bay region (currently, wineries like Bedrock Wine Company and Neyers are sourcing grapes from the classic, old-vine Evangelho vineyard), this blend is 90% Mataro, 5% Zinfandel, 5% Alicante. The winery's vintage note: "Often planted in field blends with zinfandel, this varietal has been grown in California for more than a century. In the south of France it is called Mourvedre, and is the dominant varietal (or a component) in a number of very fine wines. We harvested zinfandel and alicante as well as Mataro from this 19th-century vineyard; together, they have produced a rich, complex wine. With ten months in small cooperage, it is quite lovely now and-with its softer tannins-should develop fully over the next five years." PD (7/1991)

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.

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