The Walls Vineyards

2017 Ramparts

ACCLAIM

A blend of 40% Grenache, and 40% Mourvedre with small portions Counoise and Viognier, ‘The Ramparts’ shows nice scorched earth and herbal tones that collide with a good core of dark fruits on the nose. The palate shows a silky texture and plush mouthfeel with straightforward dark fruit and cocoa powder flavors. Drink 2020-2027- 91
Washington Wine Blog
91 points

THE STORY

Ramparts are defensive walls built to protect something of great value. In this case, the walls are glass, and the treasure – a compelling blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Counoise and Syrah. This wine was first made in the 2013 vintage, and the 2017 marks the first time that Its Mourvedre is its flag bearer, reflecting the extraordinary growing conditions that enabled extended hang times that Fall. While retaining Its approachability and food friendliness profile, the Mourvèdre concentration here gives this vintage a bit more spiciness and richness on the mid-palate.

VINTAGE NOTES


Red Heaven Vineyard is located in the Red Mountain AVA where diurnal shifts allow for sugar production during the warmer hours of the day, and balancing acidity with the cooler evening air (sometimes a 40 degree drop in temperature from day to night).

Fermented in 63% concrete – 37% stainless
Aged in 76% neutral French oak and 24% new French oak, 50% large format barrels

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of dark fruits and baking spices lead to flavors of blackberry and cherry cola mingled with coffee, leather and coriander notes. Nice acidity and light tannins. This is a slightly lower alcohol offering than previous vintages, but there is a nice ripeness to the 2017 Ramparts.

BLEND

41% Mourvèdre

40% Grenache

15% Counoise

4% Syrah

 

AVA/VINEYARD

Red Mountain AVA

Red Heaven Vineyard

CASES PRODUCED

627

pH

3.64

ABV

14.5%

$44

2017 Ramparts

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ACCLAIM

A blend of 40% Grenache, and 40% Mourvedre with small portions Counoise and Viognier, ‘The Ramparts’ shows nice scorched earth and herbal tones that collide with a good core of dark fruits on the nose. The palate shows a silky texture and plush mouthfeel with straightforward dark fruit and cocoa powder flavors. Drink 2020-2027- 91
Washington Wine Blog
91 points

THE STORY

Ramparts are defensive walls built to protect something of great value. In this case, the walls are glass, and the treasure – a compelling blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Counoise and Syrah. This wine was first made in the 2013 vintage, and the 2017 marks the first time that Its Mourvedre is its flag bearer, reflecting the extraordinary growing conditions that enabled extended hang times that Fall. While retaining Its approachability and food friendliness profile, the Mourvèdre concentration here gives this vintage a bit more spiciness and richness on the mid-palate.

VINTAGE NOTES

Red Heaven Vineyard is located in the Red Mountain AVA where diurnal shifts allow for sugar production during the warmer hours of the day, and balancing acidity with the cooler evening air (sometimes a 40 degree drop in temperature from day to night).

Fermented in 63% concrete – 37% stainless
Aged in 76% neutral French oak and 24% new French oak, 50% large format barrels

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of dark fruits and baking spices lead to flavors of blackberry and cherry cola mingled with coffee, leather and coriander notes. Nice acidity and light tannins. This is a slightly lower alcohol offering than previous vintages, but there is a nice ripeness to the 2017 Ramparts.

41% Mourvèdre

40% Grenache

15% Counoise

4% Syrah

Red Mountain AVA

Red Heaven Vineyard

627

3.67

14.5%

$44

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