“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 fruit for this bottling is sourced from the Riverbank vineyard located in Arroyo Seco, where daytime temperatures reach the mid 80s. This vineyard is cooled by fog and wind drawn in from the cold waters of Monterey Bay.
The grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard and again at the winery before being completely de-stemmed. Whole berries were fermented in small open-top tanks. Gentle punch downs provided for optimum extraction while maintaining an elegantly structured wine. The wine was aged for eleven months in 10% new French oak.
The 2018 Tempranillo has a beautiful garnet color with aromas of raspberry, dried fig, cocoa, and earth. On the palate it displays lingering flavors of red and black fruits, weightless tannins, and medium acid - delicious by itself or paired with full-flavored grilled meats and vegetables.
"This is an interesting and refreshing take on a grape that's typically thick and leathery. Aromas of barbecued strawberries, crushed slate, gravel and dried rose petals lead into a lightly bodied palate, where light strawberry and pomegranate flavors cling to a taut texture." - Matt Kettmann, August 2020
"Medium ruby color and smooth berry nose; silky texture, fresh and juicy with bright, focused fruit; a charming wine with graceful flavors; if Cabernet has gotten too intense, here is a delightful alternative."
- Anthony Dias Blue, April 2020