Mourvedre/Syrah, ‘Harrison Clarke Vyd’, Piedrasassi
A cool climate Syrah project, the vines at this particular vineyard site always ripened a bit too fast for their liking. Working with the owners, they grafted some of the vines over to Mourvedre, a slow and patient ripener, which adds nuance and vibrancy to this robust Rhone blend.
Blend - Rhone
Press & Reviews
The 2015 Ballard Canyon Harrison Clarke Vineyard is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Mourvèdre; the 2016 will be entirely Mourvèdre, as Morman feels this variety is better adapted to the comparatively warm mesoclimate of Ballard Canyon. The wine offers up aromas of red and black berries, aromatic bark and sweet spices, followed by a full-bodied, supple palate amply endowed with rich, fine-grained tannins and a lovely deep core of fruit, concluding with a savory, stony finish. I'm looking forward to tasting the 2016 rendition.
The 2015 Red Wine Harrison Clarke Vineyard (50% Syrah, 50% Mourvèdre) is unusually flamboyant and ripe by Piedrasassi standards. Ripe red cherry, kirsch, hard candy, pomegranate and sweet tobacco infuse this intense, forward wine. The 2015 is attractive, but readers should expect a decidedly ripe wine relative to the norm here.