Coral Mustang Tempranillo Paso Robles Rosé Vista Creek 2004
Wine Recommendation: Coral Mustang 2004 Tempranillo Vineyard Notes: Vista Creek Vineyard is located on the banks of Huerohuero Creek in Paso Robles. The soils are about 50 percent of the Arbuckle-Positas Complex. These are very deep, well drained soils that formed in alluvium derived from mixed rocks with a typical rooting depth of 5 feet or more. The vines are planted 5 feet apart in 8-foot rows and are bilateral cordon VSP pruned. Clone 3 on 5BB rootstock was chosen for this site. Winemaking Notes: The grapes were hand harvested from a specific area of this vineyard over four days with Brix's ranging from 25- 26 degrees. The clusters were destemmed and lightly crushed. After a one day cold soak the bins were inoculated with yeast at 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit. The wine was pressed off the skins just before dryness into a combination of American and French oak barrels. While in barrels the wine finished yeast and malolactic fermentation. The wine remained in barrels for 14 months. Tasting Notes: Bright aromas of blueberry and cherry fruit are enhanced by Chinese five spice and soy. Leather, smoke, and vanilla round out the experience. The fruit aromas are carried through in the mouth. The perfect balance of acid to fruit along with the smooth structure maintains the varietal character of this wine. The taste lingers on the tongue with roasted nuts, vanilla, and blackberry. The perfect match with Paella, roasted or grilled lamb and beef, and hard cheeses like Manchego and Asiago. Technical Notes: Appellation: Paso Robles Varietal: 100% Tempranillo Harvest : Sept. 4-17, 2004 pH : 3.72 TA: 0.65 Alcohol: 14.5% Vineyard: Vista Creek Vineyards Production: 400 cases Return to Coral Mustang list
Inky deep red color to this wine with glints of blackish night. The nose is intense with some charcoal, wood and deep fruit notes, yet it seems to retain a nice crisp freshness with blueberry and blackberry qualities. Full in the mouth this is a serious wine with some heavey rich tannins that are in need of air. Huge copius amounts of dark fruit, rich spice and tartness from an acidity that plays the balancer well. I will say the alcohol is a bit too much on the finish, though I do want to taste this again in 5yrs or so.