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2018 Tempranillo

2018 Tempranillo
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Tempranillo
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
62% San Lucas, 38% Hames Valley
Harvest Date
Sep 18 - Oct 18, 2018
pH
3.71
Aging
62% Hungarian, 38% American, 25% new 18 months
Bottling Date
May 26, 2020
Alcohol %
14.6
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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 2018 Tempranillo has aromas of blackberry and plum with notes of cedar and tobacco. It’s full-bodied and richly structured, with blackberry and sour cherry flavors and white pepper notes that glide into a long finish.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Tempranillo
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
62% San Lucas, 38% Hames Valley
Harvest Date
Sep 18 - Oct 18, 2018
pH
3.71
Aging
62% Hungarian, 38% American, 25% new 18 months
Bottling Date
May 26, 2020
Alcohol %
14.6
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Wine Profile
Vineyard
Our 2018 Tempranillo is comprised of grapes from a combination of our Monterey County vineyards. San Lucas Vineyard and Hames Valley Vineyard are both primo spots for growing intense red varietals that thrive in the warmer growing conditions that exist in the southern part of the Monterey County AVA. Here, the long, warm days and cool, breezy evenings produce lively reds that burst with ripe, fleshy fruit.
Varietal Composition
100% Tempranillo
Winemaking
The grapes were handpicked into half-ton bins, destemmed and crushed into small fermentation bins. During fermentation, we gently punched down the cap three times per day and held the juice on the skins for two weeks before pressing. At dryness the must was drained and then pressed to stainless steel tanks. After settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to small oak barrels for secondary fermentation and aged for 18 months before bottling.
Cases Produced
141