California Red Blend
In 2014, California was a little dry, but the reduced fruit yields produced very intense fruit, which was great for this wine. The 2014 blend consist dominantly of Cabernet, Syrah, and Zinfandel which gives Mordecai its hallmark full-bodied weight and density. With less fruit available overall, we the headliners did most of the work, but the wine is rounded out by adding bits of chocolatey Merlot, tarry Carignan and spicy Cabernet Franc and Cinsault.
The 2014 Mordecai blend is reminiscent of some of our favorite hot and dry wine regions in Europe. Think ripe red and blue fruited Cotes du Rhones with their scents of dried herbs and blackberry liqueur from wines grown on the black slates of the Priorat. But the wine remains distinctly California, taking us home with its comfortingly familiar wild summer berry plushness. Home is where the shade of the oak tree is just enough respite from the dry summer heat.