Club Price $52.00
Tradició meaning tradition in Catalan 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. That is exactly what we found in this Alexander Valley vineyard, producing grapes that literally burst in the mouth with intense fruit flavor. Therefore, our winemakers goal is to retain such fruit intensity and freshness as much as possible, by letting the fruit take center stage. This limited release wine offers a unique aromatic intensity, with exuberant notes of raspberry, candied cherry and red plum, with a hint of mocha and vanilla bean. On the palate, there are bright and lively flavors of dark cherry, plum and mulberry. Aged 22 months in French oak, Tradició is an exciting, complex New World style blend that is well balanced and will delight the senses for many years to come.
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Varietal Composition: 62% Graciano, 38% Tempranillo
Technical Data: ALC: 14.5% by vol.; TA: 6.2 G/L; pH: 3.64
Cooperage: Aged 22 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (40% New)
Gently hand-picked at night, at the peak of ripeness, the grapes for this wine were de-stemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks for a 21-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 22 months in barrel with twice yearly rackings prior to bottling. All individual lots were kept separate until our winemaker made her final blending decisions to craft a complex, powerful blend.
The fruit is sourced from a vineyard clinging 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-draining soils and multiple blocks with varying exposures produce grapes that are incredibly small and powerfully flavorful; at harvest they literally burst in the mouth with intense fruit flavor.
This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, our winemaker worked hand-in-hand with our vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure we picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 31 with the picking of grapes for our sparkling wine program, and concluding for us October 22. While ongoing drought was of great concern, we were fortunate to have received enough rain in the winter to fill our reservoirs.