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Twisted Oak Calaveras County Tempranillo 2004

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    I tasted this at the Wine 2.0 shindig in San Francisco. I have to pickup a bottle to enjoy (and develop a better review). However, my first impression was very good. The flavors were spot on. This wine gives any Spanish or Chilean tempranillo a run for the money.

    Posted by jason on November 10th, 2006 at 4:54pm | report comment

    A late night infomercial from a couple of years ago for a questionable land deal in northern California had a well-known TV cop from the 1980s telling you “You Gonna Love It!” Well, there is nothing questionable about the Calaveras County land that grows this Tempranillo! It’s starts off with aromas of holiday spices like vanilla, cinnamon and clove, and finishes with flavors of raspberries, blueberries, and purple. (Purple?) Anyway, we’re absolutely certain “You Gonna Love It!”
    Tempranillo is a varietal that is the major component of the great wines of Spain - to learn more (and to see that fancy stuff), scroll down to our Geek Sheet.

    Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! (2004 vintage) Click here to review this wine or to read other reviews!
    Geek Sheet Data for 2005 Calaveras County Tempranillo
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    Production Notes
    The 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.

    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 oakFood Pairings: Tapas!spicy sausages and salamisham - game - pot roast - linguicaeven lamb or pasta!

    Posted by thewinery on January 27th, 2008 at 8:44pm | report comment

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