93 pts Wine Advocate Sept 2017
From a vineyard planted in 1853, the Hewitson 2013 Mourvedre Old Garden Vineyard offers a rich mouthful of concentrated fruit. The dark fruit is framed by toasty, vanilla-scented French oak, blending into a full-bodied, supple wine that provides plenty of flavor yet never feels heavy. Although approachable now for its lushness, it should develop more complexity after 2020, so try to stash a bottle or two away
This Mourvedre is aged in 100% French barriques for 18 months. These complex oak characters help soften tannins while complementing the terroir-based flavor profile of black, glazed cherries, dark chocolate, mocha and even orange peel that manifests itself each year in this single vineyard wine. This demonstrates the remarkable nature of the vineyard and is why we are proud to produce a wine of such iconic distinctiveness.