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2016 Latta Wines Mourvedre Upland Vineyard

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2016 Latta Wines Mourvedre Upland Vineyard
2016 Latta Wines Mourvedre Upland Vineyard

146 cs. made. $45/btl.

92 pts. Vinous

100% Mourvedre fermented with 70% whole cluster/30% whole berry. Aged for 25 months in 500L puncheon and 228L barrique, 10% new. Aromas of blood and stone, lilac, mulberry, grilled meat and cracked cardamom. Palate is expansive with firm polished tannins. Significant shoulder and cluster removal here to concentrate the full expression of Upland Vineyard. Balanced yields are the key to this wine's depth of flavor at 3.5 tons/acre for the warm 2016 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 on which everything is built for our Upland Mourvedre.

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