Inspired by the wines of Bandol, this Mourvedre-driven blend is to show my "gratitude" to those who have given me inspiration and the opportunity to make wine. With gracious amounts of white pepper, anise, and ash. Notes of red cherry, fresh herbs and orange peel. Great depth, and layer upon layer of elegant amaro, dried lavender leaf and burnt sage. I'll raise a glass and say "Thanks!"
Olsen Brothers Vineyard is located on the Northwest bend of the Yakima River as it turns North at Red Mountain. The elevation averages about 1000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.
The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. The resulting wines were less likely to tip over into overripe favors or high alcohol levels, and picking proceeded at a normal pace. Total tonnage was up about 5 percent over 2012, a record for the state. 2013 made us thank Sweet Baby Jesus that our white wine vineyards are cool sites at higher elevation. The very warm vintage cooled down in mid- September allowing us to pick at the perfect moment in the first week of October. This gave us generous full favored wine while still keeping focus.
Yield: 2.9 tons per acre
Sorting: 1 time
Treatment: Punch downs
Malolactic Fermentation: Native
Primary Fermentation: Whole Cluster, 25 Days on Skins
Ageing: 21 Months Barrel-Aged
Total Production: 317 cases
Release date: Spring 2016
93 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"Cured meats, spicebox, black currants and blackberry nuances all emerge from this sweetly fruited, layered, downright sexy MouvÃƒÂ©dre that has fine,polished tannin and a great finish. Not harvested until the last week of October, drink this rock star 2013 over the coming decade, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve for longer."
92 Points, Wine Spectator
"Broad and generous, brimming with green olive - accented plum and currant flavors, coming together harmoniously on the finish, surrounded with velvety tannins."