“Tempranillo has found a perfect second home in the hot, dry vineyards of the Snake River Valley. Our version of this Spanish classic is a bold, spicy and earthy wine.”

—Melanie Krause, Winemaker

The Vintage

The 2013 vintage was great from the winemaking perspective for both red and white wines. The rapid accumulation of heat during the summer insured that the grapes matured fully. A cooling trend during the fall gave the grapes time to develop additional flavors and allowed the winemakers to precisely time the picking dates for optimal style expression. The 2013 vintage showed patterns similar to long-term averages with bud-break around the 20th of April, gradual warming in May and June, hot weather (averages in the mid 90’s) in July and August, and then cool temperatures starting in mid-September. Total heat accumulation of 3030 heat units.

Tasting Notes

This wine greets you with earthy aromas of black olive, pipe tobacco and leather.  Taste it and you’ll find rich flavors of plum and currant integrated with hint of eucalyptus.

Production Notes

Hand harvested. Fermented in 1 ton bins with 4 punch-downs per day. 10% of batches done in extended maceration style. Bladder pressed after an average 7 days of skin contact.  Malolactic fermentation in barrel. 20 months of barrel aging in barrels of French and Hungarian origin, 40% new oak.  Bottled in June 2015.

The Vineyards

Sawtooth Vineyard and Martin Brothers Vineyard

Pairing suggestions

Try a wild mushroom risotto or go “Basque” with a rich paella and warm croquetas.

Awards

2012 Tempranillo – 92 Points Wine Enthusiast


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