2014 Austin Hope Mourv/ Syrah 1.5L
The grapes of the 2014 Austin Hope Mourvedre/Syrah were grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles. Grapes were hand-picked and fermented separately by vineyard block. The wines of 2014 were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were racked into mostly new French Oak barrels where they aged separately for 26 months.
The intensity of this wine of 50% Mourvedre and 50% Syrah starts with the first glance at the deep purple-black core. Alluring aromas of blackberries, black currants and blueberries with dried violets, lavender and star anise. Sweet dark chocolate and hints of vanilla entwine with subtle spice notes of cinnamon and clove. This full bodied wine is as intensely aromatic as it is on the palate boasting velvety, mouth coating tannins. The fruit notes are accentuated by lively acidity, while the wood tones play out during the long finish.