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Tempranillo - Santa Ynez Valley, Clover Creek Vineyard

Tempranillo - Santa Ynez Valley, Clover Creek Vineyard Wine Details

Description: The wine has a medium ruby color. The initial aroma I experience is one of green tea. After airing in the glass for a few minutes, I began to smell a mixture of coastal sage, cherries and a hint of toasted vanillin. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with flavors of cherries, and roasted walnuts. The wine has moderate tannins, indicating that it will benefit from decanting, if serving soon, and also further cellaring for four to seven more years. This wine will accompany choice cuts of beef, served with peppercorns and wine reduction sauces, and other hearty meals.

Varietal Definition
The Tempranillo is to Rioja what Pinot Noir is to Burgundy. By far Spain's most noble indigenous grape it has similar characteristics to the Pinot - strawberries when young, earthy vegetal when mature - and it ages very well. It ripens early ('temprana' is the Spanish for 'early') is thick-skinned and gives good colour and extract but low alcohol and acidity. In Rioja it is blended with the more fiery Garnacha and a little Mazuelo and Graciano. It is grown throughout Spain but very much as a grape for blending as opposed to a straight varietal. Outside Spain the grape is quite prolific in Argentina and to a lesser extent in California.


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