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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2009 Tempranillo
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2009 Tempranillo

Technical Details

97% Tempranillo – Clover Creek Vineyard
3% Syrah – Alisos Vineyard

Production: 243 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.1
pH: 3.78
Titratable acidity: .55g/mL
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $36


We are excited to release this new vintage of our Tempranillo, a wine that has received great acclaim by both critics and consumers in past vintages.

The harvest season in 2009 was slightly warmer than normal.  However, my goal was to keep the sugar levels relatively low this year.  Therefore, the grapes were harvested on October 3, at a moderate sugar level of 23.5 Brix.

The grapes were 100% destemmed, with 75% of the grapes crushed into our Ganimedes fermenter, and the balance into a small open top fermenter. The gentle pump over method with the Ganimedes tank, in addition to the refrigeration capability, resulted in a more aromatic and softer textured wine. This lot was then blended with the lot fermented in the open top tank, which had produced a more tannic and extracted wine. Both lots were aged in 100% American oak barrels, of which approximately 30% were new. After twenty months of barrel aging, the wine was blended and bottled in July, 2011.

The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are a mix of fragrant violets, ripe plums, cherries, and boysenberry liqueur. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with juicy, succulent flavors of dark fruit, and hints of sweet oak vanillin. The tannins are silky and well integrated with the body of the wine. This vintage shows great finesse and elegance, which is the direction I intend on taking our Tempranillo.

Enjoy this wine with a variety of pork dishes, hearty stews and grilled meats.
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