2012 Straight Line Wine Tempranillo
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Stewed red fruits and exotic spices intermingle with intense blue and purple fruits, dried fig, briar patch, tobacco, graphite, pomegranate, and red plum. With medium weight and fine-grained tannins, the core of Graciano fills the mid-palate with lushness while the Tempranillo frame and its tannins keep the wine upright and structured. Sun-warmed red fruits, graphite, spice box and tar weave through the dark fruit flavors. Fresh and delicious, savory notes extend the complex finish.
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 far greater than its individual parts.
Madder Lake is a rugged mountainside 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 produces intense wines with powerful 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 warm air and the volcanic clay loam soil forces 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 the ancient and rare Spanish variety Graciano, grown in the Terra Alta Vineyard in Lockeford, CA. This unique varietal is the magical component that completes the blend 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 the winery. A seven day cold soak with one punch-down per day assured proper tannin management and color extraction. The fruit was then removed from refrigeration to warm the juice and activate the native yeasts. Placed into open-top fermenters, one-third of the grapes from the Madder Lake Vineyard were fermented whole cluster, while the fruit from Liberty Oaks and Terra Alta were destemmed. 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 748 cases
Optimal Maturity 2014-2020
Harvested Sept 14 & Oct 13
Barrel Aging 11 months in French Oak, 40% new including 500L puncheon
Acidity 5.6 g/L
Winemaker Jon Grant