2015 Tempranillo

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Double Gold (99 pts)- 2018 California State Fair
Double Gold (93 pts) - 2018 OC Fair
Bright red fruit, with violets and notes of tobacco.  Reminiscent of great Riojas as well as fine reds from the Alto Douro. Aged for 24 months in oak.
Alcohol : 13.1%
pH: 3.58


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.