MOURVÈDRE produces soulful wines that develop very slowly, revealing their structure and texture very incrementally. Defined by their structure, the best Mourvèdre combine black and blue fruits with a faint red pepper note. The 2019 ANIKA Mourvèdre comes from a remarkable and somewhat hidden site called the Enz vineyard. Here we work with 100+ year old vines in loam soils in a valley some 1,000 feet below the famed Calera Vineyards. The eroded and sandy soils offer a pliant texture and more rounded, pleasing tannins.
We ferment the grapes whole-cluster in large concrete vats. As with all our wines, we vinify ANIKA with no additions of any kind. After a natural fermentation, the wine is racked to old barrels where it ages for 10 month before going to bottle with no filtration or sulfur additions.