2019 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Tempranillo
Spain meets California in our Tinto Rey Tempranillo. Spicy old-world flavors play nicely with the bright juiciness of Dunnigan Hills fruit.
The heritage of the three Tempranillo clones in our Matchbook vineyards is pure Spanish: Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Tinta de Toro. Those old-world vines thrive in the Dunnigan Hills offering up true varietal flavors with a California flair. Our 2019 Tinto Rey Tempranillo has fresh aromas of red berries mixed with tobacco and sweet vanilla oak. The flavors are a juicy snap of plum, blueberry, blackberry and cherry cola. Deep mocha and bittersweet chocolate add a richness to the texture that lingers in the finish.
Our grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks. Specially selected yeast (Assmannshausen and ES488) was used on two of five tanks to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. The other three tanks underwent a native fermentation, giving this wine complexity and richness. The tanks were pumped over two to three times a day until nearly dry, then pressed and aged in oak barrels for 29 months. We like to use an assortment of French, Hungarian and American Oak and only 22% new to avoid over-oaking.
Tempranillo is a versatile red that pairs well with paella, smoky ribs or shellfish in a garlicy sauce.
||Medium Red Wine