2015 Tempranillo

Sonoma Valley

Framed by ample tannins and moderate acidity, this decidedly Californian vintage will age beautifully in true Spanish style.

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Tasting NOTES

In true melting pot fashion, Tempranillo has adapted well in its 24 years on Rhinefarm, always displaying earthy and spicy Spanish roots melded with abundant California fruit and lushness to create a long-time Gun Bun fan favorite. Some-times Mother Nature overrules this immigrant's dual character, and in 2015, nature was apparently feeling very Californian. Luxuriously warm aromas of brown spices, black raspberry, butterscotch, and a pequeño hint of tobacco and green peppercorns ensconce the senses, while the concentrated, full bodied texture displays decadent layers of dark chocolate truffles filled with raspberry liqueur. Framed by ample tannins and moderate acidity, this decidedly Californian vintage will age beautifully in true Spanish style over the next 7-10 years.

Vineyard NOTES

The Bundschu familyâs 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

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

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Vintage:
2015
Wine Type:
Red
Varietal:
Tempranillo
Varietal Composition:
  • 89% Tempranillo
  • 5% Syrah
  • 3% Petit Verdot
  • 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 0.53 g/100mL
PH:
3.83
Barrel Aging:
  • 14 months
    50% French oak, 50% American Oak 30% new
Alcohol %:
14.7%
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