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Twisted Oak Calaveras County Tempranillo 2005

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Had with dinner at Lisa's pre-housewarming party in Napa, 01/24/09.
Tasted at the tasting room with Pops while on our Pops & Son 6th Wine Trip, 12/29/09, in Murphys/Calaveras County.
TO: "Varietals & Vineyards:
68% Tempranillo, Rolleri Vineyard in Angels Camp
20% Tempranillo, Spaniard block, Twisted Oak Winery
12% Cabernet Sauvignon, Vallecito Vineyards

Harvest Date:
September 14th, 29th and October 10th, 2005

Oak Program:
30% new American oak
10% new French oak
60% neutral oak
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."

Logged by drxeno on January 25th, 2009 at 4:37pm. Rating: 4 | report note

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