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Albariño

We are fortunate to be one of only a handful of wineries in California able to produce wine from this rare Spanish white grape varietal. As we do with all of our wines, we look to Europe for inspiration on how to style our wines. For this wine we get inspiration from the wonderful Albariños from the Spanish region Rias Baixas and we have been delighted with the results. Very dry and lean with subtle aromatics, this is the perfect wine to accompany shellfish and other seafood dishes.

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2016 Albarino
Santa Ynez Valley

2016 Albarino

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Albarino

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard

Production: 234 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.5
pH: 3.24
Titratable acidity: 0.69g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Two to three years
Bottle price: $25

Inspiration
I discovered Albariño during a family vacation to Spain in the mid-1990s and fell in love with its exotic flavors and refreshing acidity. I was inspired to produce a wine from this varietal and in the early 2000s had the wonderful opportunity to have a small plot of Albariño planted at Clover Creek Vineyard. Our first vintage was in 2004.

The Harvest
The return to a more normal weather pattern in 2016, allowed us to harvest the grapes at Clover Creek Vineyard on September 5th. The grapes contained a sugar content of 21.8 Brix and excellent acidity.

Winemaking
The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice settled overnight before being racked to a stainless steel tank for fermentation. For the first time about 10% of the juice was fermented in a clay amphora brought over from the Spanish province of La Mancha. The juice in the stainless steel tank fermented at an average temperature of 58°F, while the juice in the amphora reached a temperature of 66°F. The two lots were blended together and bottled in early February 2017.

The Wine
The wine has a medium straw gold color. The complex aroma has floral notes combined with peaches and apricots. On the palate the flavors lean more towards peaches. The wine’s great acidity, which is a hallmark of well-made Albariño, gives the wine a clean, crisp and lingering finish.

Food Pairings
This wine will pair well with a wide variety of seafood including oysters, crab and traditional Pulpo Gallego – octopus with olive oil and paprika.

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Tempranillo

Our interest in Tempranillo began during a family vacation to the Rioja and Ribero del Duero wine regions of Spain. This is the most widely planted varietal in Spain and is the core of its finest wines. Clover Creek Vineyard in Santa Ynez is proving to be an ideal site for this varietal. The fruit from this vineyard produces a big, rich wine, packed with flavor and moderate tannins. Like many of the Spanish wines, our Tempranillo is aged in 100% American oak barrels.

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2014 Tempranillo
Santa Ynez Valley

2014 Tempranillo

Technical Details

Composition:
89% Tempranillo – Clover Creek Vineyard; 6% Grenache: 5% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

Production: 207 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.4%
pH: 3.85
Titratable acidity: 0.60g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Four to six years
Bottle price: $36

 

History
Our interest in producing Tempranillo was sparked by a family vacation to the
Rioja and Ribero del Duero wine regions of Spain in the mid-1990’s. In 2000, we
were fortunate enough to have a small plot of Tempranillo planted for us at Clover
Creek Vineyard in Santa Ynez that resulted in our first vintage in 2004.
Winemaking
The grapes were harvested on October 3rd with sugar content of 24.4 Brix. 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 37% were new. After 21 months of aging, the
Syrah and Grenache components were blended in. The blend was fined, filtered
and bottled in July 2016.
The Wine
The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are of baked cherries
with hints of vanilla and cedar in the background. On the palate, the wine is
medium bodied with smooth tannins and balanced acidity. The flavors are of
dried cherries with hints of cherry blend pipe tobacco and coconut. The new oak
component is well balanced by the strong fruit flavors of the wine.

History
Our interest in producing Tempranillo was sparked by a family vacation to the Rioja and Ribero del Duero wine regions of Spain in the mid-1990’s. In 2000, we were fortunate enough to have a small plot of Tempranillo planted for us at Clover Creek Vineyard in Santa Ynez that resulted in our first vintage in 2004.

Winemaking
The grapes were harvested on October 3rd with sugar content of 24.4 Brix. 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 37% were new. After 21 months of aging, theSyrah and Grenache components were blended in. The blend was fined, filtered and bottled in July 2016.

The Wine
The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are of baked cherries with hints of vanilla and cedar in the background. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with smooth tannins and balanced acidity. The flavors are of dried cherries with hints of cherry blend pipe tobacco and coconut. The new oak component is well balanced by the strong fruit flavors of the wine.

Food Pairings
From our experience, we feel our Tempranillo is one of the most versatile wines for pairing with a variety of food. Enjoy this wine with grilled meats such as carne asada, tri-tip barbecue, and side dishes such as grilled sweetbreads, Manchego cheese accompanied by dried fruits.

 

 

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