| 2007 McCrea Cellars Mourvedre Ceil du Cheval Red 12 Pack|
Columbia Valley, USA
McCrea Cellars Mourvedre Ceil du Cheval Red Mountain is our fourth vintage of Mourvèdre, a varietal we believe will become legendary in Washington State. The cuttings are Beaucastel material sourced from Tablas Creek Vineyard, planted for us in 1999 by Jim Holmes at his renowned Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain. Our purpose in planting these grapes was for our southern-Rhône style blend (“Sirocco”), but we couldn’t resist bottling a small quantity as a single varietal. It has proved to be a very popular decision!
2006 was a very warm year overall, one of the top three or four in the past ten years. It began with a cool and wet spring that gave way to a long, rather hot summer, resulting in early sugar maturation. Early fall brought cooler weather towards mid-September, helping to
extend hang time and sustain good acidity. The sugar to pH ratio was in a fairly typical range, but acids were somewhat higher. Overall, the red wines have good color and depth while the whites are displaying intense fruit flavors. The vintage promises to be very good.