Calaveras County Tempranillo 2004
Gold Medal, 2008 Riverside International Wine Competition! Best of Class, Sierra Foothills, 2007 California State Fair 90 points! "A study in progress, as are all California Temps. This is easily Twisted Oak's best so far. Dry and medium-bodied, it shows rich cherry, red currant, tangerine zest and pepper flavors, rendered complex with earthier notes of tobacco, tar and cedar. The texture is a lovely, lilting silk. A wine to watch." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2008 "Deep ruby to brick red. A very intriguing nose filed with notes of earth, berry concentrate, fresh herbs, cloves, and cinnamon. The palate is just as expressive being austere while ripe and assertive, showing all things in good measure. Wonderfully balanced and provocative. Very food friendly with great natural acidity. Splendid!" - BevX.com Food Pairings: Tapas! Spicy sausages and salamis - ham - game - pot roast - linguica - even lamb or pasta! 750 ml Twisted Few $19.20 / Regular $24.00 Geek Sheet Data for 2005 Calaveras County Tempranillo(click here for printable PDF Geek Sheet) (learn more! check out our Geek Sheet Cheat Sheat)Production NotesThe 2005 growing season started with a late bloom followed by a fairly average warming season which enabled us to acclimate the vines to the intense summer in this warm region. The Rolleri Vineyard is perfectly oriented to take full advantage of the sun exposure here in Calaveras and the vines are now reaching full maturity at 10 years old. Our estate Tempranillo with its brightness and acidity lends a hand to the overall blend, and the dash of Cabernet Sauvignon rounds out the mouthfeel. At the winery, we gently destemmed and crushed the fruit and fermented over 2 weeks. The cap was punched down 4 to 5 times a day during the early part of fermentation, reducing to twice a day in later stages. After two weeks, the must was pressed and then racked into oak barrels for secondary fermentation. We then pulled out the wines, blended in the Cabernet, and then sent the wine back down to barrel for aging. TECHNICAL NITTY GRITTY Varietals & Vineyards:68% Tempranillo, Rolleri Vineyard in Angels Camp20% Tempranillo, Spaniard block, Twisted Oak Winery12% Cabernet Sauvignon, Vallecito VineyardsHarvest Date:September 14th, 29th and October 10th, 2005Oak Program:30% new American oak10% new French oak60% neutral oak
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After the novelty of the rubber chicken came the novelty of opening the wine and instantly smelling the herbal muskiness of cat pee. Cat pee is good, mind you, as long as you’re smelling it in something you’re about to drink and not hosing it off your patio. Fortunately, this aromatic aspect of the 2004 Tempranillo from Twisted Oak Winery of Calaveras County, California, is fleeting, and the wine that follows is worthy of tasting. Upon my first swirl and sip, I chose to decant the entire bottle into my glass duck, the most pungent "kitty fragrance" of this wine plus the tannic notes characteristic of the Tempranillo grape dictating my decision. I returned in a little over an hour to a fruity sweetness on the nose and a balanced acidity on the palate. The tannins are not low in this wine, but are not so high as to be a turn-off; astringency is lower than I expected. With a moderate mouthfeel (medium body), moderately powerful cherry flavors and a medium-long finish — about a minute — I feel this wine is a well-balanced accompaniment to food. In fact, after my initial sips, I savored this wine with a hot plate of liver and onions with potatoes and gravy, and found the combination fabulous. But even without food, quite possibly this wine is light enough on body and heat (13.9%) for warm-weather slurping.
Goergous color on this wine rich and deep burgundy. The nose is dense and layered in the glass w/smoky chocolate, cherry jumping out. With time this opens up to raspberry notes and some toasted oak. I wonder how this will develop. High acidity with some firm but soft tannins, while on the palate the acid shows like a sour cherry that give way to oak, bright acidity and raspberry notes. Not overly complex at this point. Still a young wine with some life left before it fully develops. It does taste like Tempranillo, and shows some of the classic flavors and textures of Spain. On the other hand to me it seems too pure in someways to not have come from California, I would love to do a blind tasting with a few wines of Ribera del Duero or even LaMancha to see where this would fall. Great effort and I look forward to trying others. Defiantly pair this wine with some lamb chops. 4/5 [NR]
Young tempranillo with lots of potential that needs some time to settle down. Right now there is a pronounced spiciness to the wine, with good tannic structure and cherry fruit. Will enjoy seeing how this one drinks in another year or two. Best with food.
Medium bodied and very elegant. The 20% cab gives it a nice backbone. Clove, Cherry and dark plum fruit.
Gorgeous mouth feel on this wine. Earthy with a lot of spice and chocolate. Decanted for about an hour but really opened up nicely after waiting a second hour to drink. It didn't last long!
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