Pepper and spice isn't this nice. Notes of chocolate and dark berries mix with a dusty oak aroma. Rich flavors of blueberry and violet give way to a silky smooth finish. The Syrah adds cherry notes and a velvet texture to the wine while the Mourvedre shines through with its spice and bold flavors.
This wine was made by John Gabriel and blended by Justin Michaud. When putting the blend together it didn't seem like the Mourvedre would need much to complement it but once a few mock blends were put together it became clear that the Syrah helped round out the wine. The vineyard block of this Mourvedre has a nice fruit component and is a little softer than some of the other Mourvedre's in Washington. The characteristic black pepper is there but in a suttle way.
- Blend composition: 75% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah
- Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
- Cases produced: 96
- Vineyard source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
- AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
- Winemaker: John J. Gabriel
Double Gold - 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Double Gold - 2015 Seatlle Wine Awards
Gold - 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition
Gold - 2015 Denver International Wine Competition
Gold - 2016 San Fransisco Chronicle Wine Competition