2016 Tempranillo

  • Tasting Notes

    Medium ruby color. Nose begins with rich boysenberry and wild blackberry notes, opening to a bouquet of Earl Grey tealeaves, sandalwood, saffron, dried rose petals, and dried herbs. Olfactory notes carry through on palate, enriched with notes of marinated fig, bramble fruit compote with vanilla cream, and sassafras, finishing with a subtle hint of sweet tobacco. Medium-bodied with medium tannins. Drink now through 2028.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Tempranillo
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate – Big Field Block
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      12 months in 30% new French oak
    • Alcohol by vol.
      14.5%
    • Production
      300 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    In 2009 when we replanted our Big Field vineyard, David decided to install a one-acre section of Tempranillo alongside three acres of Petite Sirah. These were the first new varietals introduced on our property since 1990. David had already made one vintage (2008) of Petite Sirah from grapes purchased from a neighboring vineyard... but Tempranillo was a new venture altogether. With the first vintage (2013) it found its devotees, and it now has a permanent place on our annual production roster.

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