2014 Tempranillo

Sonoma Valley

Much like the nuances in Jim Bundschu’s suitcase Tempranillo clone story (ask us), the 2014 Tempranillo is layered and full of Spanish intrigue.

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Tasting NOTES

Much like the nuances in Jim Bundschu’s suitcase Tempranillo clone story (ask us), the 2014 Tempranillo is layered and full of Spanish intrigue. Aromas of ripe plum, fig, dusty cinnamon, cloves and black raspberry introduce the palate to a mysterious mélange of black cherry, black tea, cocoa and blackberry. Oak tannins smoothly integrate into the sip, calling out the freshly ground nutmeg and other baking spices. We love this wine paired with a fireplace and jammies but also with slow-roasted meats or smoky, grilled octopus. Pour a glass and let it develop for 30 minutes or so before sipping or lay it down for the next 7-10 years to maximize its potential.

Vineyard NOTES

The Bundschu family’s 150+ year-old vineyard is located on the southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just eight miles north of San Pablo Bay. The terrain below 150 foot elevation features gently sloping Huichica clay loam soils with gravel deposits and cooler growing conditions that deliver minerality and focused acidity. Nestled next to our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines is a 5-acre plot of Tempranillo with a storied history. The vineyard is planted to two different clones – a UC Davis 2 clone and the other one, the Mauro clone, traveled back with Jim and Nancy Bundschu in a suitcase from Spain’s Rioja region. Yep, our very own “suitcase clone,” and it definitely makes this wine unique. Yields 4 tons per acre.

Production NOTES

2014 presented the third straight year of drought throughout Sonoma Valley and beyond. We experienced steady heat with Mother Nature in full force heat during harvest, which the Spanish native Tempranillo enjoys. This led to good ripeness in the fruit and, coupled with cool evenings, acidity held true. We harvested our two Tempranillo clones in the chilly morning hours, and fermented them together to achieve a unique blend of personalities and flavors. This vintage, the feisty Spanish clone provided the aromatics and flare to the blend, while the Davis clone added structure and backbone. Both offer dynamic aromatics and a soft, elegant finish to the wine. But, much like a Californian/ Spanish football match up, the outcome is always an exciting surprise.

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Vintage:
2014
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Tempranillo
Varietal Composition:
  • 94% Tempranillo
  • 2% Syrah
  • 2% Petit Verdot
  • 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1% Merlot
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 0.51 g/100mL
PH:
3.77
Barrel Aging:
  • 14 months
    50% French oak
    50% American Oak
    30% new
Alcohol %:
14.7%
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