Fling Tempranillo 2011
A spicy California expression of Spanish Tempranillo [Tam-pren-illo ] with a great dark purple-red color.
Tempranillo, one of the most famous of Spain's native grapes, is a vibrant, aromatic varietal that offers spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors. The grape's name translates to "little early one," referring to the fruit's early ripening tendency.
A great lunch-in-the-sunshine wine this is definately an everyday drinking wine to pair with simple meats like chicken, leg of lamb, and pork loin. Will work with bolder meat dishes like duck or an aged cheese like Manchego or Idiazabal. Works with similar foods to Pinot Noir but can go further into bigger flavors.
Medium bodied with a ripe and enticing taste. The blackberry and cherry fruit spices dance on the palate finishing with more acid than tannin. Remarkably concentrated with a great aging potential.
The ripe, soft tannin together with decent acidity give it a perky, active finish with just a creamy hint of our French Oak aging which increased the normal Tempranillo complexity and harmony.
Only 50 cases produced
Our Temrranillo for Fling is grown by a friend in the El Dorado AVA, an American Viticultural Area located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at around 2,000 feet elevation. The region benefits from the cool breezes that come off the mountains and push hot air off the vines and down to the valley. The soils of the region are magma based with high levels of acidity. El Dorado County, California annual rainfall is high, between 30 and 60 inches but it rains mainly between November and April leaving the growing season long and dry.