2013 Tradiciò
Alexander Valley
$75.00  |  Club Price $60.00
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Tradició meaning tradition in Catalonia, a region in Spain is the name chosen to honor our heritage and is made from two of Spains most beloved wine grapes: Tempranillo and Graciano. The varietals are native to Rioja, Spain and when grown in the right climate they can be expressive and multi-faceted. At harvest these grapes literally burst in the mouth with intense fruit flavor,
and the goal was to retain as much intensity and freshness as possible letting the fruit take center stage. This Limited Release wine offers an intense aromatic profile with exuberant notes of raspberry, cherry and a hint of brown sugar. On the palate, there are bright and lively flavors of dark cherry, plum and mulberry. Aged twenty months in French oak, Tradició is an exciting complex new world style blend that is well balanced and will delight the senses.
900 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 63% Tempranillo, 37% Grenache
Technical Data: ALC. 14.5% by vol.; TA: 5.9 G/L; pH: 3.56
Cooperage: Aged 20 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (40% New), combination of barriques and 500-liter puncheons

Gently hand-picked at the peak of ripeness, the grapes for this wine were de-stemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks for a 15-day maceration designed to extract color, flavor and tannin from the grape skins. Following fermentation the young wine was transferred to 100% French oak barrels (40% new) to impart subtle oak nuances without overpowering the fruit. The wine aged for 20 months in barrel with three time yearly rackings prior to bottling.
The vineyard where the grapes come from clings to Oak Mountain overlooking the Russian River in Sonoma Countys famous Alexander Valley. Spanning over 900 vertical feet, the climate here is ideal for Tempranillo and Graciano, Spains beloved red wine grapes. 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. Rocky, well-drained soils and multiple blocks with varying exposures produce grapes that are incredibly small; at harvest they literally burst in the mouth with intense fruit flavor.
The 2013 vintage was an ideal growing season from bud break to harvest. Total rainfall was normal and we received most of it in November and December which replenished the reservoirs, but did not provide much moisture for the vines in the spring. Because the late winter was dryer than most years, irrigation began two months earlier than usual. Bud break was two weeks earlier than 2012 and the weather during the blooming period was ideal for fruit set and berry development. During the summer, the cycle of warm days and cool nights allowed the ripening process to progress uniformly. The benefit of an early season like this one is the ability to let the crop hang longer allowing ideal flavors to develop. The consistent temperatures and warm, sunny
days, promoted even ripening; harvest progressed with a steady flow of high, quality fruit being delivered to the winery daily after being hand-picked in the early morning hours.

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