Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Appearance pale+ garnet
Aromas blackberry, cassis, vanilla bean, anise, black pepper, earthy notes of wet leaves, truffle and barnyard
Palate full bodied with flavors of red berries, cocoa, minerality (gravel), cinnamon with gritty tannins and a long finish
Food Pairing Suggestions
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre's full body and high tannins will pair well with hearty and full-fat dishes. Try it with beef short ribs, barbeque, lamb and veal. Vegetarian dishes seasoned with black pepper or soy sauce will also bring out the umami character of Mourvedre.
93 points & Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast
About The Vineyard
Sol Rouge is a 70 acre family estate located in the Mayacamas Mountains at elevations averaging over 1800 feet. North of Napa in the foothills of a dormant volcano which formed the North Coast wine country in the Red Hills Appellation of Lake County, this land contains rich, red volcanic soil and, from this unique profile, Sol Rouge derived its name – translating to “Red Soil” in French. Grapes are planted in a “high vine density” configuration allowing each vine to focus on fewer clusters of fruit, leading to greater complexity. Nestled between Mt. Konocti and Benson Ridge, this aggressive sight is all hillside with slopes up to 60% and is said to be the most aggressive and tightly planted vineyard in the Red Hills, with nearly 6000 vines per hectare in some blocks.
“As one of the primary components of the Sol Rouge Gypsy Rouge, our estate Mourvèdre is often more bountiful than desired for our blend, allowing us to produce a 100% Mourvèdre wine on its own. Each year, we plan to bottle a small amount of either, or both, Grenache or Mourvèdre, primarily for our wine club and mailing list members.” – Proprietor/Winemaker Bryan Kane