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This is an exciting Spanish style blend combining the bright fruit and acidity of Tempernillo with the dense richness of Graciano. This wine is elegant, rich, smooth, and has depth and character. Some nice earth notes along with tobacco and chocolate are noticeable. The fruit flavors are dried fig and cherry notes with a slight leather component. The finish is rich and long, the acidity from the Tempernillo adds a nice edge while the Graciano portion adds weight to the wine. Pairs nicely with lamb chops.
This is a wine named after our owner so it is always a wine I want to make special. 2013 was a nice hot year and the Graciano really stood out to me when I was evaluating the different wines. In the past Tempernillo was the base for this wine but in my opinion the Graciano seemed to add more seriousness and depth to the wine. Using the Graciano as a base I believe will make this wine more age worthy. This is certainly a wine that has the ability to age but to be honest I was quite impressed with how smooth and rich the wine is already drinking.
- Blend composition: 75% Graciano, 25% Tempernillo
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
- Cases Produced: 90
Michael Andrews planted Coyote Canyon Vineyard's first grapes in 1994, a 21 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon. Over time, his project has grown to include 25 other varietals. This Spanish style blend consists of Graciano and Tempranillo. The 2013 vintage produced some amazing Graciano and it is the star of this blend. The Tempranillo adds nice acidity and some bright fruit to the wine. The wine has a full bodied richness that lingers making for a nice finish. Smooth enough to drink on its own but complements almost any meal. Drink now or hold for decade.
- Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
- AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
- Winemaker: John J. Gabriel
Gold - 2013 Denver International Wine Competition