2016 Mourvedre
Frozen Grape Must

Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Washington State

Harvested 10/17/2016     Brix: 22.25 pH: 3.65, TA: .68

*****Brix  has been ranging from 21.75 to 24.0.

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* Courtesy of www.yakimavalleywinecountry.com.

The Rattlesnake Hills AVA  lies within  the larger Yakima Valley AVA which itself lies inside the much larger Columbia Valley AVA.  The Rattlesnake Hills averages 2700 degree days a year which is 500 degree days more than the rest of theYakima Valley to the west and 100 degree days less than Red Mountain to the East ( Bordeaux gets roughly 2500 degree days  and Napa gets 2900 degree days). Night time temps drop 40+ degrees during the growing season to preserve acidity and freshness.  Rain is a seldom occurrence here with the area receiving just 7-10 inches of rain per year.

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The Mourvedre vines are planted in the Harwood-Burke-Wiehl series silt loams that distinguish the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. These soils are a combination of wind deposited ancient or sedimentary alluvials and decomposed basalt over a lime-silica hard pan. This combination provides both exceptional drainage and ideal soil alkalinity for growing Vinifera.

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