Lake County Tempranillo 2007
About This Wine: An early ripening varietal, Tempranillo is most closely associated with the Rioja wines of Spain. Although it is thought that the varietal was planted (from seed) on the American continent by Spanish Conquistadors in the 17th century, cuttings most likely arrived in California in the early 20th century; around 1905.<br/><br/> Sourced from the Tejada Vineyard in Lake County, this premier release of Tempranillo from Charles Creek shows classic aromas of dark fruits, with a hint of leather and suggestions of oak. Flavors are full and lush with dark plum, berry, vanillin, mocha and pie-spice. Moderate tannins suggest early drinkability with short term ageing potential (3-5 additional years would not be unreasonable)<br/><br/> <strong>Serve with:</strong> Red meats are a given, but this lively wine would also pair well with spiced sausage, poultry or flavorful seafood dishes. Paella anyone?<br/><br/> About The Winery: Bill and Gerry Brinton founded Charles Creek Vineyard in 2002 with the goal of creating outstanding wines at an exceptional value. Specializing in high quality Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon from great vineyard sources in the Sonoma and Napa valleys, Charles Creek produces wines that are food friendly, fruit driven, and easily paired with the courses of a meal. Since its inception, Charles Creek has garnered numerous awards for its groundbreaking approach to crafting wines. A descendant of John Deere, Bill Brinton operates Charles Creek according to the principles of value, integrity, and quality.<br/><br/> <strong>Bill Brinton, Proprietor</strong> - Bill Brinton resides in Sonoma, but his roots are deep in the Midwest. Midwesterners are known for strong American values, respect for family and institutions, and the ability to create and recognize value in products.<br/><br/> Bill is a direct descendent of a true pioneer, John Deere. His direct family was at the helm of Deere until its recent transition to a public company. Deere created the self-scouring steel plow, an invention that revolutionized the agricultural world. It is this spirit of innovation and tradition that Bill brings to the company he founded, Charles Creek Vineyard. Charles Creek is named after his son Charley and his grandfather, Charles Deere Wiman.<br/><br/> Ten years prior to the start of Charles Creek Vineyard, Bill used this same dedication to create new and innovative beverages. In 1993, Bill, a graduate of the Columbia University MBA program, established a natural products and nutritional beverage firm, The Wiman Beverage Company. This company was sold to a larger firm in 2000.<br/><br/> Bill enjoys vineyard selection and development, as well as the critical evaluation and blending of the juice from grapes into wine. The wines are styled to pair wonderfully with a wide variety of fresh foods, and his vision is to create wines that could be sold for $30 to $75 per bottle, but that provide an exceptional value in the $20 to $25 price range. Value and integrity are the cornerstone of Midwestern values, and the basis upon which Charles Creek Vineyard was founded.<br/><br/> <strong>Gerry Brinton, Proprietor</strong> - Gerry has always had a very strong connection with the land.<br/><br/> Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, Gerry spent many mornings picking raspberries outside her kitchen door, and many afternoons helping her grandmother weed the vegetable garden, picking currants, gooseberries, apples and even grapes as they ripened into the fall.<br/><br/> Gerry was educated in North Carolina at Duke University and Boston and settled in San Francisco with her husband, Bill. However, the lure of a more rural lifestyle brought them to Sonoma County to set up as an alternative location in which to foster the same respect and love for the land, and the values it promotes, in their two young sons. Over the years, their garden in Sonoma provided more and more harvests for their table. As their boys grew up and moved away, Gerry Bill found they could shift their primary focus to their Sonoma home. That same garden is the basis of many a delicious and healthful meal that is complemented by the wines of Charles Creek Vineyard.<br/><br/> Somewhere along the way it occurred to them to follow the lead of many others, and plant their property to vine. The success of early harvests spurred them on to expand that part of their dream to produce exceptional wine at a reasonable price. Gerry has worked in many capacities over the years, CPA, management consultant, property manager, principal in a fresh juice company, and volunteer director for a major medical center. Her goal has always been to work on projects that she believes in: ones that she can ethically and whole-heartedly support. The latest of these, Charles Creek Vineyard, meets these criteria. The best fruit from the best land, well cared for and handled properly, can yield wonderful wines, and that is the goal of this part of the adventure.<br/><br/> <strong>Kerry Damskey, Consulting Winemaker</strong> - With 25 years of winemaking experience on four continents, Kerry Damskey brings both expertise and perspective to Charles Creek Vineyard. Damskey has spent his career gaining a better understanding of the entire ecology of wine, including the impact of climate, soil, sun exposure, and temperature on the grape growing and winemaking process. This concept, which the French call terroir, is the name of his consulting company.<br/><br/> Damskey holds a B.S. in fermentation sciences from the University of California, Davis, is a graduate of the intensive program for small business at the Stanford University School of Business, and is a candidate of the Institute of the Masters of Wine. Damskey is a two-time winner of the Sonoma County Wine Sweepstakes award, the highest award at one of the most competitive events, and has received numerous other gold awards for his wines.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>The Blend:</strong> 77% Tempranillo, 23% Grenache; 16 months maturation in French oak cooperage; 40% new<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaker:</strong> Kerry G. Damskey<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/> <strong>Total Acidity:</strong> 0.5.7 G/L<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.66<br/><br/> <strong>Residual Sugar:</strong> nil<br/><br/>
Housed in a charming 1890's era storefront on the historic Sonoma Plaza our Tasting Room & Gallery offers a unique esthetic experience. A tasting of the award winning line of Charles Creek Vineyard wines is conducted in a friendly and visually stimulating atmosphere, with rotating displays by local artists and photographers and a colorful mix of wine accessories and lifestyle gift items.