Napa & Sonoma Counties
Club Price $40.00
This Tempranillo offers intense varietal expression and captures the essence of this unique varietal, when produced in California. Beginning with intense aromas of boysenberry, cherry and mocha, these notes continue on the palate and are layered with sweet flavors of dark cherry and blackberry. Rich tannins complement the lushness of the fruit, and the subtle oak notes adds to the length of the finish. This is a wine with true varietal character of the old world wines of Rioja, Spain with a new world style that is only California from Artesa.
597 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Technical Data: ALC: 14.1% by vol.; TA: 6.2 g/L; pH: 3.66
Cooperage: Aged 22 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (40% New)
Grapes were hand-picked at night, and promptly brought over to the winery, where they were de-stemmed, but not crushed. Fruit was then placed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, for a three day cold soak followed by 25 day fermentation designed to extract color, flavor and tannin from the grape skins. Following fermentation, 100% of the young wine was transferred to French oak barrels and 40% were new wood, imbuing the wine with subtle oak nuances and texture. The wine aged for 22 months in barrel, with two rackings prior to bottling.
The grapes used in this wine, came from 4 distinct vineyards in Sonoma and Napa County. Both AVA's present the perfect terroir for growing Tempranillo, Spain's beloved red wine grape. While summer daytime temperatures are hot enough to suit these heat-loving red grapes, the rapid cooling effect of evening fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean protects their flavor-boosting acidity as they ripen. All 4 vineyards present comparable rocky, well-drained soils, and the distinct blocks exhibit different exposures, producing small berries, with intense, concentrated flavors.
Bud break arrived early this year as we had signs of bud break around Valentines Day and it was a much cooler and foggy season up until August. We didn't get the high heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly at their own pace, with phenomenal flavors. The harvest was smooth and progressed from in its own dimension some varietals sooner than others but mostly because of lower yields in bordeaux's . For the white wines, they are crisp and representative of the cooler vintage. It's was interesting some of the grapes-from the cooler areas of Carneros compared to the warmer parts of St.Helena-were harvested at the same time.