2003 Tempranillo

2003 Tempranillo
Huerhuero

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Tempranillo is a grape from the Iberian Peninsula that has attracted our attention. This key ingredient of Spain’s famous Rioja is capable of producing dry, scented wines that are age worthy. This is the first harvest from our small Huerhuero block of Tempranillo. Fruit was hand harvested and only the very best bunches were selected. The fruit was gently crushed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks following a five day cold-soak to extract flavor and color. The wine was then transferred into one year old French oak barrels to complete malic fermentation, and allowed to age for 14 months.

Enjoy now through 2010.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Saturated dark ruby color
  • Aroma: Intense aromas of dark berry fruits including notes of anise and cooking spices together with a hint of cocoa 
  • Taste: This is a medium bodied wine with generous yet ripe and firm tannins supported by crisp acidity; reminiscent of pomegranate juice with secondary flavors of spice, coffee and mocha
Other Notes
"This wine is perfect with game or hard cheeses" — Matthias Gubler, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Vintage
2003
Appellation
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
Oct. 22, 2003
Aging
14 months in one year old French oak
Alcohol %
14