Tempranillo Day: A celebration of the Tempranillo grape
with all its regional synonyms. Open a bottle of Tempranillo,
enjoy the fun, and share your experience online with the hashtags
#TempranilloDay or #Tempranillo.
We got a headstart last week on today's Tempranillo Day by conducting a tasting of Tempranillo wines from Lodi. In 2013, there were 900 tons of Tempranillo harvested in Lodi. Lodi continues to amaze me with their never-ending supply of unique and fabulous wines - literally, is there a grape they can't vinify well? Another great virtual tasting sipping and chatting with other aficionados through the Charles Communications Brandlive channel and Twitter.
2012 Riaza Wines Hunter's Oak Vineyard Tempranillo:
12 year old vines; aged 19 months in American and French oak; light ruby color; pomegranate, smoke, and spice aromas; boysenberry, raspberry, dried cherry and tobacco flavors; medium bodied; slight tannins; 14.6% ABV; cork closure; 97 cases produced; SRP $26.2012 Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo:
90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano grapes from 12 year old vines from 2 vineyards, Liberty Oaks and Las Cerezas, certified Green for Sustainable Winegrowing Practices; boysenberry, raspberry, cassis and floral aromas; plum, dark berry, earth/forest, baking spice, and pomegranate flavors, truly a savory wine; light bodied but luscious and balanced; 13.5% ABV; cork closure; 685 cases produced; SRP $23.2010 Harney Lane Winery Tempranillo:
Hand picked; aged over 18 months in mixed origin oak barrels; nice ruby color; dried herb, earth, wood, and dark fruit aromas; plum, leather, tobacco, and mineral flavors, another very savory wine; 15% ABV; cork closure; 719 cases produced; SRP $25.2012 McCay Cellars "Lot 13 Vineyard" Tempranillo:
Grapes from the 25 year old Kirschenman Vineyard; violet, tart cherry, nut, and spice aromas; native yeast fermentation; plum, strawberry, herb and spice flavors; 14.3% ABV; cork closure; 179 cases produced; SRP $28.2012 m2 Wines Tormenta Tempranillo:
Grapes sourced from Kirschenman Vineyard; tank fermented; aged 14 months in 15% new french oak with medium toast; dark cherry, earth, spice and subtle floral aromas; dark plum, raspberry, and vanilla flavors into a cocoa finish; a savory and luscious wine that tastes more expensive than it is, great QPR; 15% ABV; cork closure; 295 cases produced; SRP $22.While Tempranillo might be better known as a grape in other areas of the world, you cannot go wrong with any of these offerings from Lodi winemakers. Any of these would make you happy today or any other day you choose Tempranillo.
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Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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