Rootdown "Dry Bone Ranch" Mourvèdre 2018
Mike Lucia, the winemaker and owner of Rootdown Wine Cellars, has an impressive resume. Prior to making crushable hands-off wines under this label, his career included stints at Ridge, Goldeneye (of Duckhorn fame) and Copain.
With Rootdown, his focus is on single-vineyard wines of character and balance; no new oak is used and the wines ferment completely naturally, no additives whatsoever. His Mourvèdre is a unique take on this classic Californian grape, with bright aromatics of black cherry, violets, and fig. With more air the wine takes on a nuanced spiced note, replete with plum, anise and cinnamon spice cake.
Surrounded by timberland and rolling hills near Fiddletown, Amador County, the Dry Bone Ranch vineyard is solely planted to Mourvèdre – a mere 2 acres at that, yielding only 96 cases total, an astoundingly small sum when you consider that even the smallest wineries may produce 2000+ cases of a given cuvée. No other grower sources from this micro-vineyard.
It's incredible that this wine comes out at 12% abv – the climate and terroir of Amador County is mostly known for overstretched, over-oaked, high-octane reds. Cool, literally and figuratively, Rootdown's Mourvèdre knocks it out of the park.
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