Agent for Change Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo 2010

Tempranillo from Central Coast, California

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Ships Fri, Sep 26
Item No. 125475
  • red wine
Alcohol By Volume: 13.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Wow! If you love Spanish wine, you must try this varietally correct Cal-Iberico version of the most widely planted grape in the world (of course 90% of it is in Spain). A touch of American oak make this a ringer for any Reserva Rioja or Ribera, but it's from Santa Barbara County and made by Greg Martellotto. This winemaker highlights sustainable vineyards and has a hands-off approach to winemaking. The fruit shines through with bright red raspberry, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, and fantastic fruit/acid balance.

50% of the net sales from this wine to Project Learn Belize, which is helping needy children in Dangriga, Belize and cross-cultural exchanges. Try this wine and gift it to your friends. Only 4 barrels produced.

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Rating:
(8/29/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
Pair with: Hassenfeffer, Picante dishes
Leave it to California vintners to show what Tempranillo is like when it has not been brutalized and oxidized as they do in Spain. The color is light-to-medium garnet without signs of oxidation; medium bodied. At first the nose is a bit herbaceous but this fades, with an hour of air I found it like ripe-tomato and cassis with a touch of oak and a bit of alcohol. It is a tart, acidic wine and not heavy on fruit, there's a firm backbone of tannins. At first it is frankly, a bit too tart and firm, with air it becomes a bit more harmonious. I can't endorse this wine it is too tart and the variety doesn't impress me but it is a heck of a lot better than the "famous" wines of the Rioja, which seem to be more highly rated as they are more severely abused, woody and funky.
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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