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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.

2013 Tempranillo
Santa Ynez Valley

2013 Tempranillo

Technical Details

85% Tempranillo (Clover Creek Vineyard)
10% Syrah (Clover Creek Vineyard)
5% Grenache (Camp Four Vineyard)

Production: 177 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.0%
pH: 3.90
Titratable acidity: 0.61 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Four to six years
Bottle price: $36

Our interest in producing Tempranillo was sparked by a family vacation to the Rioja and Ribero del Duero wine regions of Spain. A small plot of Tempranillo was planted for us at Clover Creek Vineyard in Santa Ynez in 2000, resulting in the first vintage in 2004.

The grapes were harvested on October 7th with an average sugar content of 25.0% Brix, which is slightly riper than usual for us. The grapes were entirely destemmed and crushed into our Ganimedes fermenter, which is designed to produce a wine with greater aromatics and softer tannins. After fermentation the wine was pressed off, settled in a tank and then transferred to American oak barrels of which 41% were new. After 21 months of aging, the Syrah and Grenache components were blended in.  The blend was fined, filtered and bottled in July 2015.

The Wine
The wine has a very dark ruby color. The aromas are an intriguing mix of dried fruits with hints of coconut and sweet pipe tobacco. On the palate the wine has a soft, inviting entry followed by rich flavors of dried red berries, sweet tobacco and coconut. The use of 41% new American oak barrels contributes to the wine’s long sweet finish.

Food Pairings
From our experience, we feel our Tempranillo is one of the most versatile wines for pairing with food. Enjoy this wine with grilled meats such as carne asada, octopus, chicken, mushroom risotto or with mild cheeses and dried fruit.

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