We are very pleased to release our second bottling of Tempranillo from Clover Creek Vineyard. With the vines one year older, the total yield from the 1.5 acres increased to approximately 1.75 tons, or barely over one ton per acre.
We have been very pleased with the “Old World Spanish” style we initiated with the 2003 wine, and have decided to continue it with the 2004 vintage. Central to this style is the use of 100% American oak barrels for the aging of the wine. Similarly we followed the Spanish practice of blending other varietals with the Tempranillo. We chose to blend in small amounts of Malbec and Grenache to add nuances to the aroma while also mellowing the body and tannin of the Tempranillo.
The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The aroma is slightly herbal, with nuances of raspberries, chocolate and cedar. On the palate the wine has flavors of raspberries and tobacco, accented with sweet vanillin. The strong tannins indicate that the wine needs to be decanted for an hour or so before serving, and in the long term the wine will benefit from five to eight years of cellaring. Serve with pork roast or Spanish chorizo.
Rick Longoria, Winemaker
Vineyard: Clover Creek, Barnwood and Alisos
Production: 135 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.3%
Titratible acidity: 0.60 g/100 ml.
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