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2018 Tempranillo

  • Tasting Notes

    Ruby core, scarlet rim.

    Lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus dried cherries, apricots and tangerine lead to decadent English trifle with hints of leather, tobacco, and graphite.

    Lithe and silky with vibrant acidity, lingering finish, gentle tannins.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2030+.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Tempranillo
    • Vineyard source
      Brown Estate — Big Field
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel aging
      12 months in 30% new oak, 50/50 French/American
    • Alcohol by vol.
    • Production
      400 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    In 2009 when we replanted our Big Field vineyard, David decided to install amidst the Zinfandel 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.