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2014 Tempranillo
Tasting Notes

2014 Tempranillo

Tempranillo is arguably the most famous of Spain’s native grapes. Its name translates as “little early one,” referring to its early ripening. Wine lore has it that Tempranillo vines are actually variants of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, originally brought to Spain from monasteries in northern France by French travelers on the medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James, to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Ampelographers (a wine geek word if ever there was one) have not found the botanical link between Tempranillo and these classic French varietals but we wine folk have certainly never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Today, Tempranillo is indeed one of the noble red wine varieties in the world, as important to the Spanish as Cabernet and Pinot Noir are to the French. Our 2014 vintage is full and rich with aromas of red fruit and notes of hickory that lead into dense flavors of currant and black cherry.

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Our 2014 Tempranillo hails from a teeny-tiny block on our estate San Lucas Vineyard. The sunshine-filled days of this small vineyard site is tempered by the cooling maritime influence of Monterey Bay, giving the grapes time to ripen slowly and evenly. Tempranillo can be an early ripener so the ideal growing conditions for a top-notch Tempranillo are fairly cool, allowing it some additional hang time to gain depth and complexity. The 2014 growing season was our third perfect one in a row, with mild temperatures throughout the spring, a warm but not overly hot summer, and mild conditions that held until the last grape was picked. On the heels of the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages, it exceeded our expectations in every way.
The grapes were handpicked into half-ton bins, destemmed and fermented by select yeast in small 1-ton fermentation bins for 10 days. During fermentation, we gently punched down the cap three times per day. ┬ČThe must was then drained and pressed to a stainless steel tank for settling. After settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to small oak barrels for secondary fermentation and aged for 18 months before bottling unfiltered. After bottling, the wine was laid down for an additional 10 months prior to release.
Varietal Composition
100% Tempranillo
San Lucas Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 20, 2014
Harvest Brix
Alcohol %
18 months in 67% French and 33% American oak
Cases Produced
110 cases
Bottling Date
June 21, 2016