The 2016 Tempranillo is our “grand reserva” from Los Angeles County. In the spirit of Rioja’s top designation, this wine saw a staggering 58 months in barrel, before bottling and release. In the Antelope Valley of Los Angeles County, Iberian varietals excel, with Tempranillo at the front of the pack. Known for its structure, tannin, and ageability, the majority of our Tempranillo goes into our wine Evenfall, and is blended with Petite Sirah & Merlot. In 2016 one barrel of this magnificent wine was set aside, and left to age in a quiet corner of our barrel room until its hard edges softened, and its nuances began to reveal themselves. This wine spent time in new French and American oak, and was topped up with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, and Merlot, that saw it through its 5 year slumber. Only 26 cases produced.
A bouquet of Luxardo cherries, red fruits, and leathery chocolate grace the nose of this garnet colored wine, with hints of pepper and spice that flutter in the glass. The youthful palate delivers a blast of sour cherry and fresh raspberries, with bright acidity and subtle earthiness, culminating in a lengthy finish of ruby red currents and spice.