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2015 Latta Wines Mourvedre Upland Vineyard

2015 Latta Wines Mourvedre Upland Vineyard
2015 Latta Wines Mourvedre Upland Vineyard

195 cs. made. $45/btl.

92 pts. Wine Enthusiast

100% Mourvedre fermented with 67% whole cluster/33% whole berry. Aged for 22 months in 500L puncheon and 228L barrique, 10% new. Lilacs crushed on clean gravel followed by mace and meat on the blackberry palate.  Significant shoulder removal here to concentrate the full expression of Upland Vineyard. Balanced yields are the key to this wine's depth of flavor at 3.2 tons/acre for the warm 2014 vintage.

Upland Vineyard is a rolling extremely sloped site located in the Snipes Mountain AVA.  Snipes Mountain was named for Ben Snipes, an early Yakima County pioneer who built a house at the base of a mountain in the 1850s. The area was first planted in 1917 by Washington State wine pioneer William B. Bridgman. The vineyard on Snipes Mountain was one of the first to plant Vitis vinifera in Washington. Snipes Mountain is a seven mile long anticline ridge created by fault activity. The "peak" is 1,290 feet high, rising from the floor of the Yakima Valley with unique, rocky soils, known as aridisols.  Soil deposits are composed of gravels and sediments left by ancient river beds, deposits range in size from a fist to a football. The rocky composition of this warm site provides the backbone of our Mourvedre block from Upland.

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