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2013 Tempranillo, Holland Landing Vineyard

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Base price $27.00
$27.00
Berry aromas lead, followed by a hint of herb and pepper that complements rich plum and a pinch of cocoa. Tapas is tailor-made for Tempranillo, so enjoy it with spicy sausage, nutty cheese, olives, garlic, and braises. Vineyard certified sustainable.
Description

Fantastic fruits. Mouthwatering acids. And just enough tannin to be complex while not overwhelming a good meal. That’s what puts our 2013 Clarksburg Tempranillo on our Top Ten list for great food wines. Tempranillo (pronounced, “tem prah NEE yoh”) is known as Spain’s “noble grape”. It is the mainstay of Spain’s Rioja wines, but a relative newcomer to California.

This vibrant, aromatic varietal leads with red-fruit aromas and flavors of red raspberry and cherry. A hint of herbs and a spicy note of pepper follow on the nose. On the palate, red plum leads to an elegant finish with hints of pepper and cocoa. You might even find the essence of tobacco.

VINTAGE NOTES

2013, like 2012, was noted for beautiful weather and optimal growing conditions. Full sun paired with cool Clarksburg evenings brought mature flavors with mouthwatering crispness.

Appellation:

Clarksburg, vineyard certified sustainable

Blend:

100% Tempranillo

Alcohol:

14.5%

TA:

0.55 g/100 mL

Residual Sugar:

<0.10%

pH:

3.75

Malolactic Fermentation:

Complete

Barrel Aging:

10% 1 year old American oak; 85% 2-3 year old French oak

Harvest Date:

October 3, 2013

Brix at Harvest

24.5o

Bottling Date:

February 15, 2016

Release Date:

May 1, 2016

Cases Produced:

140

THE VINEYARDS

Papa Steve, Stephen, and Mike Heringer grow our Tempranillo in Clarksburg, a region recognized for the variety. The Heringer family has been a good steward of this land for going on seven generations. While close to Sacramento, Clarksburg’s climate could be a continent away. The unique micro-climate of the sixteen-mile-long, eight-mile-wide appellation has cool afternoon breezes and even a little night fog. The vineyard is certified sustainable, which speaks to the Heringers' meticulous viticultural practices that include dry farming instead of routine irrigation.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Think Spain. Think tapas and plenty of them. We love our 2013 Tempranillo with savory, rich sausages or charcuterie. The smoky flavors are a great match for pork, beef, lamb or chicken that has been grilled over coals or cooked a la plancha. Try a pairing of wild mushrooms—they share an earthiness with the wine. Stews and braises, even if they’re shellfish-based, are an ideal match. And dill makes a perfect bridge ingredient, complementing the herbs on the wine's nose.

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