2014 CCW Tempranillo
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
October 1st, 2014
June 30th, 2016
A medium to almost dark Ruby color are easily noticeable on this wine. The initial aromas are oaky and dark baked Blueberry pie. A nice bit of earth, leather, spice, and dried current notes are also noticeable. The wine has a big round start with nice fruit and then a bright uplifting finish. Flavors of dark cherries mixed with bakers’ chocolate lead to wanting more.
Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard AVA: Horse Heaven Hills Grower Degree Days: 3164 Pick Date: October 1st
Tempranillo is one of my favorites here at Coyote Canyon. It is a little finicky because it ends up having a high pH, so I need to watch it carefully during its aging process. I love the brightness of the acidity and the nice tannin profile it ends up having. I decided to blend a fair amount of Graciano into the 2014 vintage and it gives the wine a much deeper feeling. The two grapes seem to work very well together. The grapes were harvested in early October, they were all hand picked and then delivered to the winery. I fermented the lots separately and then aged them in oak barrels for 18 months. The wine has time to pick up some nice oak notes and evolve over that period. After the first year I blended the wines, so they could mature as a blend for a while prior to bottling. This wine goes great with pizza and pasta. The acidity balances well with tomato dishes.