Fine Disregard "Pato Vineyard" Mataro 2018
Mataro (Mourvèdre)｜Contra Costa County
Mike Schieffer and Kara Maraden comprise the team of Fine Disregard, a micro-production "side gig," if you will, of two incredibly talented wine minds in California. Mike is the assistant winemaker at Turley, where he's had his say in their award-winning wines since 2013. He's traveled the world making wine as well, with stops in Bordeaux and Australia. Kara is a master viticulturist (fancy name for wine farmer), working hand-in-glove with the finest sites in California for over a decade, from Regusci, Clos du Val, Foley and more.
Mataro, known more commonly as Mourvèdre, is an ancient Mediterranean grape that thrives in hot, dry climates. Fine Disregard is one of a lucky few to source this Mataro from the Pato Vineyard, planted by European settlers over a century ago, still persisting today with its ridiculously-old vine plantings dating back to 1896, a stunning and rare feat. Only a handful of lucky recipients have access to the minuscule fruit of these gnarly, bush-trained stumps of centenarian vines: Ridge, Bedrock, and a select few others.
Plush, unbelievably layered and complex, the wine offers up brambly black fruit, plum, spicecake, flinty smoke, and dense berry fruits with tannins that seem to grumble, turning silky smooth and chocolatey with air. Bottled history, this is an amazing, limited, and powerful red.
Planted in 1896, likely brought by Spanish or Portuguese settlers, these vines have survived world wars, Prohibition, and obscurity for over a century. When these vines inevitably die out, that's it – you simply cannot replace such heritage or history.
They release their super-limited wines about twice a year; we have to scream and shout for an allocation. We're overjoyed to share this with you – at the best price in the nation and complimentary shipping, no less. Act quick!
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