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2009 Straight Line<br>Tempranillo - Library Offer

2009 Straight Line
Tempranillo - Library Offer

Deeply hued purple color. Intensely perfumed with aromas of blackberry, purple fruit, black pepper, bacon and smoke. Full-bodied yet restrained; fine tannins mingle rich notes of roasted red fruit, dried leaf, roasted meat, Mediterranean herb and hint of minerality. Long length, ending on a note of sweet red berry and smoke.
 

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2009
Varietal Tempranillo - 90%; Graciano - 10%
Appellation California
Vineyard Designation Madder Lake, Liberty Oaks & Sueño
Harvest Date Sept 8 - 25, 2009
Acid 0.56 g/100mL
PH 3.78
Aging 2011 - 2026
Fermentation Natural; 10% whole cluster
Alcohol % 14.6%

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes With a deeply hued purple color, this Tempranillo exhibits great depth and character. Intensely perfumed with aromas of blackberry, purple fruit, black pepper, bacon and smoke. The palate is full-bodied yet restrained; fine tannins mingle seamlessly with rich notes of roasted red fruit, dried leaf, roasted meat, Mediterranean herb and an interesting hint of minerality. Sophisticated and rich, this wine has a long length, ending on a note of sweet red berry and smoke.
Vineyard Notes This Tempranillo is compromised of fruit from three different California vineyards: Madder Lake Vineyard, Liberty Oaks Vineyard and Sueño Vineyard.

Located north of Napa Valley in the appellation of Clear Lake in Lake County, the Madder Lake Vineyard encompasses a sloping elevation of up to 2,200 feet. This higher altitude provides cooler days and evenings in a hot growing region. Late autumn winds blow off of Clear Lake to extend the growing season. This site was planted in 1998 to the Tempranillo clone, Del Duero, on two different rootstocks. Comprised of red volcanic soils with very little topsoil and an extremely rocky terrain, the vines are forced to fight for life. This low vigor vineyard yields fruit of great intensity and character and makes up approximately one-third of this wine. The Liberty Oaks Vineyard is located in the appellation of Jahant, Lodi. Farmed by esteemed vineyard manager and vintner, Markus Bokisch, this vineyard was planted in 1999 to the Tempranillo clone, Del Duero. The soils are volcanic clay loam, which force the vines to reach deep into the earth for nutrients. The warm Lodi sun produces exceptional Tempranillo with plush purple fruit flavors and spice. The Tempranillo sourced from this vineyard comprises 55% of this wine. The Sueño Vineyard, meaning ‘dream’ in Spanish, is located in the Clements Hills section of eastern Lodi and produces the Graciano grape (from the Rhone clone), which is integral to this wine’s final blend. Graciano is rarely planted and possibly one of the oldest commercially grown varieties in Spain. The Sueño Vineyard was planted in 1999 to several different grape varieties, many of which are Spanish in origin, and is farmed by Markus Bokisch. The soils are comprised of well-drained, volcanic clay loam and decomposed granite. This site is certified organic (CCOF).
Winemaker Notes The fruit was hand harvested and hand sorted into half-ton picking bins and brought directly to Turley Wine Cellars. With a five-to-seven day cold soak, including one punch-down per day, tannin management and color extraction was assured. The fruit was then removed from refrigeration, warming and activating the native yeasts, and placed into open-top fermenters. One-third of the Tempranillo from the Madder Lake Vineyard was left in its whole-cluster state, while 100% of the fruit from the Liberty Oaks and Sueño Vineyards was de-stemmed. To ensure further tannin management, no more than two gentle punch-downs per day were preformed during the height of fermentation. New French oak barrels were employed, 40% of which were new and the wine was aged for one year.
Production 550 cases
 

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