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This Spanish Rioja style blend consists of Tempranillo, and Graciano. A very jammy blend and probably my favorite as I love both wines as a individual varietals; the Tempranillo for its earthiness and the Graciano for its full body and well rounded palate. The blend of the two just totally makes it. A deep ruby color with a nose filled with black fruit, earthy minerals and sweet spice. This is a full bodied rounded blend with rich layers of caramel and fudge that is smooth but complex with a lingering finish of toffee and tobacco. A very food friendly wine that also pairs great with marinated beef and beef stews, or try rich chocolate desserts.
The grapes were handpicked at perfect ripeness and full of flavor then sorted and crushed. Fermentation took place in small 1 ton bins and the wines were fermented to dryness. The Graciano extracted its color beautifully in the very early stages of fermentation and showed great promise; full bodied, great mid palate but without the tannin structure that a Cabernet Sauvignon would have. The wine was aged 17 months in small French oak barrels.
- Blend composition: 56% Tempranillo, 43% Graciano
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
- Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
- AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
- Winemaker: John J. Gabriel
Platinum - 2016 Wine Press Northwest - Best of 2016
Gold - 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Gold - 2015 Denver International Wine Competition
Silver - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver - 2017 Capital Food & Wine Festival