Tempranillo Umpqua Cuvée 2006

Tempranillo Umpqua Cuvee 2006

Awards, Ratings and Reviews

88 points, Wine Spectator (Dec 08)
Top Value of 2008, Wine Spectator (Feb 09)
Gold Medal, 2009 NorthWest Wine Summit

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The key to producing our Tempranillo Umpqua Cuvee is exacting control of the fermentation to achieve the proper level of fruit expression without excessive tannin extraction. This is by no means an easy task, but our experience has enabled us to consistently produce a fruit forward, balanced, earlier maturing wine that does not require cellaring.

For the 2006 vintage we utilized selected blocks from our estate hillsides, McCorquodale Vineyard, and Delfino Vineyard.

By using individual vineyard blocks of specific clonal selections we highlight Tempranillo’s inherent red, blue and black fruit with tobacco, pepper, and spice hints. While delicious now it will improve over the next three years.

Try this wine with dishes ranging from Serrano tapas to smoked mozzarella and chorizo flatbread or with simple, flavorful foods like roasted garlic spread and balsamic crostini or even salted almonds and manchego.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley
McCorquodale Vineyard, Umpqua Valley; Delfino Vineyard, Umpqua Valley

Appellation:  Southern Oregon AVA

Harvest Date:  23, 26, 28 & 30 September, 3, 7 & 15 October 2006

At harvest: Sugar; 23.2° Brix, 3.72 pH, TA 6.25 g/L

Cooperage: French (76%), American (24%) 12% new, 27% 2-yr old, 61% neutral

At Bottling:  Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 14 May 2008

Case Production:  1500 (750 mL)

Alcohol: 13.6% by volume

Release date: 4 June 2008

S R P: $20.00 (750 mL) SOLD OUT

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