2017 Tempranillo

Sonoma Valley

The 2017 Tempranillo embraces its Spanish heritage as a beautiful, medium-bodied wine with alluring aromas of blueberry jam layered with tobacco leaf and pickling spices.

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$50.00
 
$600.00
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Tasting NOTES

The 2017 Tempranillo embraces its Spanish heritage as a beautiful, medium-bodied wine with alluring aromas of blueberry jam layered with tobacco leaf and pickling spices. Flavors of Cherries jubilee are contrasted by hints of wood fire, perhaps as a nod to its 2017 vintage when our winemaking team had to spend precious harvest weeks fighting the fire on Rhinefarm instead of doing pump overs. Thankfully, this wine was harvested prior to that hectic week and like Rhinefarm itself, it survived and thrived. Delivering supple tannins and natural acidity, this taste of Spain from California, deserves the Spanish treatment: age for the next 7+ years and enjoy with a diverse array of tapas.

Vineyard NOTES

The Bundschu family's 160 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 Chardon-nay 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

Hand-harvested in the cool morning
Twice daily pump-overs
Indigenous malolactic fermentation and weekly battonage

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Vintage:
2017
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Tempranillo
Varietal Composition:
  • 90% Tempranillo
  • 6% Malbec
  • 1% Petit Verdot
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 0.69 g/100mL
PH:
3.9
Barrel Aging:
  • 14 months
    50% French oak, 50% American Oak, 30% new
Alcohol %:
14.5%
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