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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.

2015 Albariño
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2015 Albariño

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Albariño

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

Production: 70 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.3%
pH: 3.29
Titratable acidity: 0.75g/100ml
Cellaring potential: One to two years
Bottle price: $$25

 

Inspiration
I discovered this rare Spanish white grape during a family vacation to Spain in the
mid-1990s. Upon returning, I was fortunate to be able to secure a small plot of
Albariño at Clover Creek Vineyard. Our first vintage was in 2004.
The Harvest
Another warm growing season, coupled with vines stressed from four years of
drought, resulted in an early harvest date of August 19th and a very low crop
yield. Our production was about 70% less than in 2014. The grapes were
harvested with a sugar content of 22 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. The juice was coldfermented
at an average temperature of 60° F. This cool fermentation helped
preserve the grapes’ delicate aromatics. The wine aged in a stainless steel tank
and was bottled in January 2016.
The Wine
The wine has a medium golden straw color. The complex aromas are of flower
blossoms, pears and strawberry puree. On the palate the wine is medium bodied
with full expansive flavors of apricots and crème anglaise, which evolve into a
briny, salty sensation. The racy acidity, which is a hallmark of well-made Albariño,
gives the wine a very long, lingering finish.
Food Pairings
This wine will pair well with a variety of seafood including oysters, crab and
traditional Pulpo Gallego – octopus with paprika.
Rick Longoria,

Inspiration
I discovered this rare Spanish white grape during a family vacation to Spain in the mid-1990s. Upon returning, I was fortunate to be able to secure a small plot of Albariño at Clover Creek Vineyard. Our first vintage was in 2004.

The Harvest
Another warm growing season, coupled with vines stressed from four years of drought, resulted in an early harvest date of August 19th and a very low crop yield. Our production was about 70% less than in 2014. The grapes were harvested with a sugar content of 22 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. The juice was cold fermented at an average temperature of 60° F. This cool fermentation helped preserve the grapes’ delicate aromatics. The wine aged in a stainless steel tank and was bottled in January 2016.

The Wine
The wine has a medium golden straw color. The complex aromas are of flower blossoms, pears and strawberry puree. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with full expansive flavors of apricots and crème anglaise, which evolve into a briny, salty sensation. The racy acidity, which is a hallmark of well-made Albariño, gives the wine a very long, lingering finish.

Food Pairings
This wine will pair well with a variety of seafood including oysters, crab and traditional Pulpo Gallego – octopus with 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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2013 Tempranillo
Santa Ynez Valley

2013 Tempranillo

Technical Details

Composition:
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

History
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.

Winemaking
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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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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