2011 Straight Line Wine Tempranillo
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This wine’s beautiful magenta color announces the intense aromatics in store – blue and purple fruits, dried fig, briar patch, tobacco, graphite, pomegranate, black Italian plum, blueberry cobbler, and spice. With medium-plus weight and fine grain tannins, the structure carries the lifted fruit flavors into a complex finish of baker’s chocolate, plum skins, and fresh, sun-warmed red fruits. This is a spicy number, with an intriguing range of aromatics.
This wine is comprised of fruit from three different California vineyards: Madder Lake Vineyard, Liberty Oaks Vineyard, and Terra Alta Vineyard. These three unique sites 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 soil is 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. With a seven day cold soak, including one punch-down per day, tannin management and color extraction was assured. 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 performed. The wine was aged in a 500L puncheon and French oak barrels, 40% of which were new, for about 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
Production 587 cases
Optimal Maturity 2013-2020
Harvested Sept 26 - 10/14 & 30
Barrel Aging 11 months in French Oak, 40% new including 500L puncheon
Acidity 5.6 g/L
Winemaker Jon Grant