2012 Vox Populi
Winemaker Notes: 100% Mourvedre – 2/3 from Monette's Vineyard in “the Rocks” area of Walla Walla and 1/3 from Alder Ridge Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills. This wine has a medium dense ruby-purple color with an exotic bouquet of grilled meats, bacon fat, white pepper, incense, lavender, and scorched earth. The palate follows through on the aromatic complexity with rich, deep flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, cassis, white pepper, bacon fat, espresso, and dark chocolate. The long finish has an exotic combination of smoke, earthiness, and minerality. This wine will hit maturity in 6-8 years and will hold for 15+ years.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 120 hours and was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending. The wine was not racked and remained on its lees until bottling. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees. The wine has not been fined.
Cooperage: The oak profile is 20% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 80% neutral French oak.
Cases Produced: 70