Wine Advocate Torbreck Wines, 2012 Torbreck 'The Pict' Mataro
"Made from 100% Mataro, the 2012 The Pict has a deep garnet color and aromas of anise, dusty earth, new leather and dried herbs over a core of crushed blackcurrants and dried plums. Full-bodied and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, it packs in the dried berry characters with just enough earthiness to lend interest, supported by chewy tannins and ample freshness. It finishes long with a pleasant herbal lift." –June 2015
The wild, rugged, and earthen aromas typically associated with the Bandol region of France provide the basis for this powerful single vineyard Mataro (aka Mourvedre), which is sourced from the Materne ‘Quarry Block’ Vineyard, in Northern Greenlock, planted in 1927. The juice was racked into new French barriques where it completed a slow malolactic fermentation and was aged for two years. The best barrels were later assembled and the wine was bottled without filtration or fining. Fresh soil, tree bark, cassis and leather dominate the nose with hints of spice, chocolate and drying meats evolving with time in the glass. The expansive palate is rich and dense with a rustic core of earth, tar and black olive all tightly framed by the wines mineral strewn tannins.