2015 Lee Family Farm Tempranillo
“Tempranillo is Spain’s answer to Cabernet Sauvignon; it is the variety that puts the spine in a high proportion of Spain’s most respected red wines.” - Oxford Companion to Wine
The Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County is cooled by the nearby Monterey Bay. Wind and fog moderate and extend the growing season, resulting in fruit of superior flavor and balance.
The fruit for this Lee Family Farm bottling is sourced from the Meador Estate located in Central Monterey County where daytime temperatures reach the mid to upper 70’s. This vineyard is cooled by fog and wind drawn in from the cold waters of the Monterey Bay.
The 2015 growing season saw a continuation of the long drought in California. The lower than normal rainfall totals and very dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyard’s proximity to the Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Fruit quality from the 2015 vintage was excellent, given the earlier than normal harvest and lighter crop yields.
The grapes are hand sorted in the vineyard and again at the winery before being completely de-stemmed. Whole berries are fermented in small open-top tanks. Manual punch downs provide for optimum extraction while maintaining an elegantly structured wine. The wine is aged for ten months in 25% new French oak.
The 2015 Tempranillo is a beautiful red-garnet color with aromas of red and black fruit, leather, and smoked meat. On the palate it displays lingering flavors of dark cherry and fresh tobacco. This is a medium to full bodied wine - delicious by itself or paired with full-flavored cheeses or with grilled meats and vegetables.