Helioterra 2016 Columbia Valley Mourvèdre
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The origins of the Mourvèdre grape are a bit murky, but we do know that it is used (under a few different names) in many regions of the world. It may be most popular as a blending grape in the “GSM” (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) blends of Southern France, but this wine proves it can stand alone just fine!
This one is from a single vineyard in the desert-like conditions of the Red Mountain AVA of Washington state. The first word that popped into our mouths when we tasted this wine for the first time was, “Yum!” It is medium-bodied and complex, with wild, savory and herbal notes playing nicely with lots of dark berry flavors and grippy tannins from the middle through the end of the ride! 190 cases made.
It may already be clear to you, but we love to support small, women-owned and -run wineries that make great wines! Well, Helioterra, in our minds, is the quintessential business that fits the bill!! Owner and winemaker, Anne Hubatch, grew up in Sheboygan, Michigan, and moved to Portland, Oregon after finishing her degree in Geology and Environmental Studies.
Anne gained an interest in working with the land through her studies, and coupled with her love of wine, it makes sense that she went headlong into a career in winemaking, working alongside some of Oregon’s best winemakers for about ten years!
She founded Helioterra Wines, the name of which was inspired by the Oregon state gem, Heliolite, and the Latin word for earth (terra), in 2009 with her first solo vintage, and has been rockin’ it ever since!
Anne is very proud of her winemaking style, which leans toward a more feminine sensibility, which results--in our opinion--in wines with silk-like texture and flavors that don’t hit you over the head. This lady is about as serious about her wines as winemakers get, and she’s a badass, but she loves to have a good time, and never takes herself too seriously! You go, Girl!
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