2011 Wind Gap "Bedrock Vineyard" Old Vine Sonoma Valley Mourvedre

SKU #1211986 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made from vines that were reportedly planted in the 1880s; 100% whole clusters and raised in 80% concrete eggs and 20% neutral French casks): Bright ruby. Exotic, mineral-accented aromas of redcurrant and cherry, with dried rose and Asian spices adding complexity. Firm and precise on the palate, offering lively tastes of red berry, bitter cherry and floral pastille plus a hint of cracked pepper. Gains sweetness and flesh with air, finishing with excellent clarity and mineral-driven persistence. This wine's blend of flavor intensity and vivacity is impressive.  (5/2013)


 The 2011 Mourvedre Old-Vine Bedrock Vineyard is a bit on the eccentric side. Savory herbs, tobacco, worn-in leather and tobacco are some of the nuances that waft from the glass as this delicate, mid-weight wine shows off its unique personality. The 2011, the product of a late harvest, was fermented with whole clusters and subsequently aged mostly in concrete. For my taste, the aromas and flavors are a touch on the vegetal side, but some readers may appreciate this style more than I do. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.  (4/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Racy and grapey, with wildflower and wild berry aromatics. An easy-drinking style. (Web Only-2012)

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).