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2016 Tempranillo
Tasting Notes

2016 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 2016 vintage has aromas of red fruit and notes of hickory that lead into dense flavors
of currant and black cherry.

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Our 2016 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 grapes were handpicked into half-ton bins, destemmed and fermented by select yeast in small one-ton fermentation bins for 10 days. During fermentation, the cap was gently punched down two times per day. The 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.
Varietal Composition
100% Tempranillo
San Lucas
Harvest Date
September 22, 2016
Alcohol %
18 months in 80% American, 20% Hungarian oak
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
April 18, 2018