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2018 Once & Future Oakley Road Mataro
750ml bottle of 2018 Once and Future Oakley Road Mataro from the Contra Costa County AVA of California

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2018 Once and Future Oakley Road Mataro | Contra Costa County California 750ml

Joel Peterson. Quite possibly the most interesting man in the [Wine] World. He has been inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. He championed the importance of Heritage and Historic vineyard sites in California. The wines he crafted for his original Ravenswood label made this the bestselling red Zinfandel brand in the world. After 45 years in the wine industry, he's back with a return to his original vision from many years ago - "a small project specializing in wines from unique older vineyards, made with a sensitivity to place and in a style that I personally love and believe in." Joel further details this vision as "Wines that force me to dust off the old redwood vats and get out a new punch down tool [my original is in the Smithsonian], wines that dye my hands a harvest shade of black/purple and sometimes force me to take an additional Ibuprofen in the morning. In short - wines of sweat, commitment, and love." Those wines are here, now, with Once & Future.

Mouvedre, the famous grape of Bandol, is known by the name Mataro in California. The Mataro grape has been planted in California since the 1870s, mostly as an adjunct in blends that were Zinfandel dominated. Though scarce, Mataro is an exceptional standalone grape in a few places. One of those is Oakley. In the eastern rain shadow of Mount Diablo near the San Joaquin River, vines on their own roots planted in sand dune-like soils in the late 1800s and early 1900s continue to produce some of the most interesting and highly regarded Mataro in California. The climate conditions are perfect for slow ripening grapes like Mataro. The 2018 Mataro has an aroma that is redolent of sweet red cherries, with hints of bay leaf and wood smoke. There is a dollop of vanilla and caramel from the new (25%) French oak that adds roundness and depth to the bouquet. In the mouth the wine is bright, rich and red fruit driven with all the suppleness that one would expect from own-roots vines in such sandy soils. 119 year old vines. 360 cases bottled. | Joel Peterson, Once & Future

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