2016 Tempranillo

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Silver Medal - California State Fair
Silver Medal - Orange County Fair
Silver Medal - Amador County Fair
 
This successor to our multi-award winning 2015 vintage shows the same wonderful notes of bright red fruit, tart cherries, hints of tobacco and a bit of spice on the back of the palate.  This vintage reflects all of the great notes of a Reserva Rioja and is sure to be another favorite!  Aged for 24 months in oak.
 
Alcohol : 13.1%
pH: 3.76

 

Our Tempranillo block is planted to the Tinta Roriz clone of Tempranillo isolated by Dr. Olmos out of the Douro region of Portugal.  Long thought to be a unique variety of grape on it's own Tinta Roriz has, since the time we planted it, been genetically identified as another clone of Tempranillo.  Our Tempranillo is planted to a bilateral quad system creating an open head space maximizing even and full ripening across the block.  Very reminiscent of the table red wines made in the Alta Duoro it is also very Rioja like in profile.  Very enjoyable now but with the structure to continue to improve for the next 6-8 years.