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2016 Tempranillo

Gold Medal, Best in class

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Our Tempranillo clone originates from Spain where it is the #1 wine grape. We built this wine after the traditional Rioja style. Worldwide, Tempranillo is the fourth most sold wine following Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot. It is well-known for its spicy, smoky and leathery flavors that age well. The grape’s popularity is growing quickly in the United States. Tempranillo is one of only a handful of grapes that has red juice. Most all red wine grapes have white juice and the flavor/pigment is derived from the skins. It also has an enzyme that naturally fights oxidation, which allows for long-term barrel aging.

As mentioned, we built this wine after the Spanish Rioja style. It is a blend of 1% Viognier, 14% Grenache and 85% Tempranillo; all grapes from our own Apetahi Estate vineyards.

We de-stemmed the clusters, returning just enough of the stems to add natural tannins. The juice was put through 48 hours of cold-soaking to extract color from the skins before inoculation. We punched down 3 times a day in the fermentation bins and allowed for an extended maceration of almost 4 weeks, pressing when the cap fell.

We used our hydraulic basket press and immediately blended both the free-run and pressed juices. The juice was left to settle and then blended with Viognier at barreling. (Viognier helps to curb what could inherently be a harsh backend and has a natural ability to lock in color and bond polyphenols in a wine). After bulk aging and blending trials, Grenache is added for balance.

In the future, we are going to experiment with whole cluster fermentation. Tuck this one away and join us for a side-by-side comparison!

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Tempranillo
Vineyard Designation
Apetahi
Acid
4.88 g/L
pH
4.08
Aging
12 months 100% new oak
Residual Sugar
.1 g/L
Alcohol %
13.9
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The Tempranillo awakens your nasal senses with notes of berry, leather, caramel, and loads of dried cherry. It displays a nice ruby red body with tawny overtures. The legs are lightly hued, long and seductive. Upon tasting the wine, it is balanced throughout with berry, dried cherry, and caramel on the palate, finishing with well integrated, light tannins that suggest a sweet crème soda from your childhood!
Ratings
89 Points - Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
Awards
• Gold Medal and Best in Class- 2018 Amador County Wine Competition • Silver Medal- 2018 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
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