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July 2021 | 2019 Colorado Tempranillo

A delicious Colorado Tempranillo for July!
Although Tempranillo is the main grape in Rioja wines of Spain, this Spanish varietal grows very well here in Colorado. We have a few different growers on the western slope that produce amazing Tempranillo grapes. Winemaker John focuses on making wines that highlight the unique Colorado terroir and he loves the intricate spices that are reflected in the wines made from this varietal. This 2019 Tempranillo was produced with grapes grown by Neil Guard owner and grower of Avant Vineyard, located up on the orchard mesa in Palisade CO. He is a great grower to work with and these 2019 grapes were picked right on time and came in with ideal sugar and acid levels setting the foundation for a perfectly balanced wine. 

New 2019 Colorado Tempranillo

In 2019, the majority of the grapes on the western slope all ripened within a two week window, causing our fermentation building to literally bulge at the seams! Running short on space, we did make a few distinctly different winemaking decisions than in the past, and we are all loving the results. In the past our Tempranillo has always been fermented whole cluster. This means in the primary fermentation the skins and stems are included, nothing is separated out. This stem inclusion contributes more tannin to the wine along with greener spicy flavors. With this wine, the decision was made to destem the grapes to save on space in the fermentation bins and we are all excited about the end result. There is a slightly lighter fruiter expression of the varietal that is fresh and delicious right now, but also has the body to go the distance, if you chose to age it. Who knows, John may be destemming a few of the future Tempranillo’s!

On the nose this Tempranillo shows notes of cherry that move toward preserved or baked cherry with integrated warm spice. The pallet is immediately lively with good acid and more vibrant fruit. Tart cherry and black plum upfront, but the fruit on the back of the pallet softens to notes of fig with a touch of spice and hints of American Oak. The tannin is noticeably smoother than previous vintages but is certainly still present. This is a delicious wine young but will also age beautifully as it has great balance and structure. We recommend serving at cellar temperature around 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool it down on the patio and enjoy!

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