2018 TRADICIÓ
North Coast
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ABOUT
TASTING NOTES
Tradició meaning tradition in Catalan is the name chosen to honor our Spanish heritage and is made from two of Spains most beloved wine grapes: Tempranillo & Garnacha. These Spanish varietals, when grown in the right climate, such as what you find in Napa and Sonoma Counties, can be expressive and multi-faceted. The 2018 Tradicio opens with an intriguing aromatic profile that highlights notes of cassis, rhubarb, and dark cherry. On the palate, the wines soft texture accentuates the red fruit notes, while a warm all-spice character rounds out the finish of the wine. While this wine is approachable in its youth, the bright acidity will allow for great aging potential. Tradició is an exciting complex new world style blend that pays homage to our Spanish heritage- a balanced wine that is sure to delight all your senses.
800 cases produced
WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 71% Tempranillo, 29% Grenache
Technical Data: ALC. 14.5% by vol.; TA: 6.3 G/L; pH: 3.67
Cooperage: French Oak Barrels (30% New)

The grapes for the 2018 Tradició were hand-picked at night to ensure they arrive in pristine condition to the winery. About 30% of the grapes were fermented whole cluster; meaning that in some of the tanks, our winemaker chose to ferment the with the rachis (or whole cluster). This technique imparts more structure to the mid palate and adds an interesting aromatic element to the finished wine. The remaining lots were de-stemmed, but not crushed, leaving whole berries. Grapes were placed in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and 500L puncheons for a 3-day maceration, followed by an average 25-day fermentation, where the winemaking team monitors color, aromatics, and flavor.

Following fermentation, the skins were gently pressed, and the free run wine was transferred to 100% French oak barrels (30% new) with several select cooperages to highlight the subtle characteristics of Tempranillo without overpowering the fruit. Half of the Garnacha wine was aged in small concrete tanks, adding great texture and tension to the final blend. The wine is aged for 22 months and was racked 2 times prior to bottling.
VINEYARD NOTES
The Tempranillo grapes used to produce this wine were sourced from two distinct vineyards in Napa Valley. We took full advantage of the contrast between mountain fruit from the Atlas Peak AVA, where volcanic soils and a longer growing season originate an intense fruit profile, and the Valley floor fruit, from our Estate Vineyard in Los Carneros, Napa Valley, lending itself to lush textured wines, elevating the core of this blend. In Sonoma County, the Russian River climate provides warm days, allowing for maximum flavor ripening, and the rapid cooling effect assisted by evening fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean protects the natural acidity in the Grenache grapes as they ripen. Rocky, well-drained soils and multiple blocks with varying exposures produce grapes that are incredibly concentrated, highlighting the lush flavors of this unique blend.
VINTAGE NOTES
The perfect growing season in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, the 2018 vintage was characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer that allowed for the ideal growing conditions; consistent and steady. We began harvest on August 21 followed by unseasonably cool weather that allowed for most of the fruit on our Estate to remain on the vine for an additional week or two.

This extended hang-time was great for the maturation of flavors and overall quality of the fruit. Harvest kicked into full swing in early September and was completed on October 20, about two weeks later than the previous year. The combination of a perfect growing season and a long harvest allowed for the fruit to demonstrate clean, mature flavors with wonderful balance and acidity. The 2018 wines will show great elegance, yet with concentrated flavors that possess finesse for years to come.

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