2021 CRAZY MARY
92 POINTS - NORTHWEST WINE REPORT
85% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Grenache With a deep ruby and slightly purple hue, the 2021 Crazy Mary is a complex wine with black cherry, cured meat, bramble, black pepper, clove, chocolate, and coffee grounds on the nose. On the palate intense black fruit flavors of plums and cherries, with savory spices and dark cacao on the finish.
Ciel du Cheval, Angela’s, Olsen
45% new French oak, 55% used French oak. 18 months in barrel.
Mourvèdre is a varietal that we all love to work with. Its aromatic profile is like syrah, but it contains additional elements that make the resulting wine unique. Mourvèdre prefers the deep sandy soils offered by Ciel du Cheval. Unlike syrah, which we tend to harvest early in the growing season, mourvèdre is a later ripening varietal and is often one of the last lots we pick. Small amounts of syrah and grenache were used in the blend to help compliment and elevate the finished wine. Bud break and bloom in 2021 were earlier than normal. The weather was hot throughout much of the growing season. Like 2020, the 2021 vintage produced exceptionally low yields. Berries were remarkably small, and clusters were extremely light. This led to wines with amazing depth and intensity. The fruit was hand harvested in October and was fermented in a combination of 1.5, 2 and 5-ton open top fermenters for 7 to 10 days. Great care is taken in the cellar to handle the must gently. The wine is lightly pressed to barrel where it finishes primary and malolactic fermentation. Aged for 18 months in 45% new 228-liter thick staved French oak barrels, the wine was racked twice and left unfined prior to bottling.