2010 Straight Line Wine Tempranillo
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Intriguing aromas of concentrated plum, dried fig and briar patch lead to flavors of tobacco, white chocolate, hibiscus tea, Mediterranean herbs and pomegranate with beautifully integrated, flinty minerals and ripe, round tannins. The core of this wine is resplendent with varietal characters of red and black fruits, tar and spice which cascade into a persistent finish.
This Tempranillo is comprised of fruit from three different California vineyards: Madder Lake Vineyard, Liberty Oaks Vineyard and Terra Alta Vineyard. These three unique terroirs combine into a whole that is greater than its individual parts.
Madder Lake is a rugged mountain-side vineyard north of Napa Valley in Clear Lake. With altitudes reaching 2,200 feet and iron-rich volcanic soil with boulders the size of small cars, this low vigor vineyard yields intense fruit with big blue and black fruit, spice, tar and tannin.
The Liberty Oaks Vineyard, in the Jahant appellation of Lodi, is farmed by esteemed vineyard manager and vintner, Markus Bokisch. The air is warm and the soils volcanic clay loam, forcing the vines to reach deep into the earth for nutrients. The result is Tempranillo with plush, purple fruit flavors, spice and dramatic richness on the palate.
The first two vineyards create the frame, but the final piece of the blend comes from Graciano, an ancient and rare Spanish variety, grown in the Terra Alta Vineyard in Lockeford, CA. The variety and vineyard combination creates the magical component to complete this wine by rounding out the mid-palate with a core of red fruit sweetness. The vineyard is CCOF.
The fruit was hand harvested and hand sorted into half-ton picking bins and brought directly to Turley Wine Cellars. With a seven day cold soak, including one punch-down per day, tannin management and color extraction was assured. The fruit was removed from refrigeration to activate the native yeasts, and placed into open-top fermenters. One-third of the grapes from the Madder Lake vineyard were fermented whole-cluster. To ensure further tannin management, no more than two gentle punch-downs per day were preformed. 500L puncheon and new French oak barrels, 40% of which were new and the wine was aged for one year. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Variety 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
Vineyards 40% Liberty Oaks Vineyard, 50% Madder Lake Vineyard, 10% Terra Alta Vineyard
Optimal Maturity 2012-2020
Harvested Sept 29 & 30
Barrel Aging 12 months in French Oak, 40% new including 500L puncheon
Acidity 5.6 g/L
Winemaker Jon Grant