Tempranillo is a classic Spanish varietal known for its luscious mix of red & black fruit, spice, and affinity for absorbing the best of oak flavors. It is also notorious for being an excellent food pairing wine with red meats, pork, BBQ, and pasta. 2020 was a cool vintage, allowing for full maturity of the grapes to intense flavors while retaining fresh acidity & fruit flavors. In the winery, after hand-picking the grapes, we destemmed but left the berries whole, resulting in partial carbonic maceration (an internal metabolic fermentation which produces candied fruit flavors). We then fermented this wine on the skins in stainless steel tanks at a cool temperature of 65F for 3 weeks, including a 3 day cold soak and extended maceration. This extended skin contact ensured good color, spice and earthy flavor. We aged this wine on 35% new French and American oak. 100% sur lies aging and battonage (stirring of the yeast lees) contributed extra rich flavors. The final wine is deep, rich and full of fruit, spice and vanilla notes.
|Aging||35% new French & Minnesota oak, 60% neutral oak for 10 months on full sur lies contact with monthly stirring.|