This is the perfect wine for a California Cabernet drinker who wants to try something new.
The grapes for this wine come from a 72-acre vineyard called "Finca Los
Juncares," which was planted in 1957. Only after very careful vineyard
selections, the best vines of Tempranillo grapes are hand-harvested in
small boxes to prevent bruising. Malolactic fermentation occurs in
barrel, and the wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 14 months and
then bottled unfiltered.
This single vineyard-designated wine has plenty of red cherries,
blueberries, mulberries and red raisins, depicting grapes pushed to full
ripeness without going beyond the boundary into excessive overripeness.
The oak character is relatively elegant with toasty, coffee hints only,
and the balanced wine shows some lingering length as well.
Very dark purple with lots of black hues. Big sweet nose (some may call
it candified) of dark plums, black cherries, sweet smoky oak, tobacco,
and funky tree bark. Forward gush of dark fruit that also has some
helpful tangy red currants along with tobacco, smoke, and earth.
Medium-low acid, soft tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Tempranillo is produced from estate-grown fruit aged for 6
months in French oak. Cedar, spices, incense, violets, and blackberry
aromas and flavors lead to a nicely proportioned, lengthy red that is
similar in personality to its organic sibling but with slightly greater
volume and length. This excellent value will drink nicely for another