2016 Tempranillo

Sonoma Valley

Believe it or not, we grow our Tempranillo on the cooler part of Rhinefarm, neighboring Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, where it thrives to produce those classic, earthy "Spanish" flavors we love about it.

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Tasting NOTES

Spain, the motherland of our beloved Tempranillo grape, is often pictured as hot and arid and one may assume this grape thrives in that environment. Believe it or not, we grow our Tempranillo on the cooler part of Rhinefarm, neighboring Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, where it thrives to produce those classic, earthy "Spanish" flavors we love about it. The 2016 embraces that character as a beautifully medium-bodied wine with alluring aromas of black fig and molasses layered with tobacco leaf and earthy, savory spices. Flavors of deep plum, milk chocolate, and more tobacco with a pinch of dill are followed by supple tannins. Great natural acidity completes this taste of Spain from California and we suggest you treat it like the Spanish: 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:
2016
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Tempranillo
Varietal Composition:
  • 86% Tempranillo
  • 4% Petit Verdot
  • 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3% Merlot
  • 2% Malbec
  • 2% Syrah
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 0.52 g/100mL
PH:
3.86
Barrel Aging:
  • 14 months
    50% French oak, 50% American Oak, 30% new
Alcohol %:
14.8%
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