Andremily Mourvedre 2016
The 2016 Andremily Mourvedre is an enormously endowed elixir. Clocking in after 21 months in 50% new French Oak. This year’s offering is a mouthwatering blend of 89% Mourvedre from the Alta Mesa Vineyard, co-fermented with 2% Viognier, and topped off with 9% Syrah from the Larner Vineyard. The 2016 Mourvedre offers gobs of fruit character, dripping with Blueberry and blackberry fruit notes, followed by traces of beef and mocha. This puppy really rocks.
At Andremily they are committed to creating truly special handcrafted wines in an artisan manner. The focus will remain on creating wines of distinction, never compromising for the sake of quantity. Andremily has one offering each fall, which is shipped the following spring.
With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.
Full of ripe fruit, and robust, earthy goodness, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, where it still goes by the name Monastrell or Mataro. It is better associated however, with the Red Blends of the Rhône, namely Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Mourvèdre shines on its own in Bandol and is popular both as a single varietal wine in blends in the New World regions of Australia, California and Washington. Somm Secret—While Mourvèdre has been in California for many years, it didn’t gain momentum until the 1980s when a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley finally began to renew a focus on it.