Our winemaker, Brian Graham, has a special love for Tempranillo and has made a beautiful expression of the varietal from our vineyard which has already received recognition. Recently our 2021 Reserve Tempranillo won Texas Class Champion/Double Gold at the San Antonio Rodeo. We are proud of our Tempranillo and are excited to see it earn accolades in blind tastings.
The year started with disruption brought by winter storm Uri but progressed into a more mild year. Cooler temperatures remained throughout the growing season enabling the grapes to maintain good acidity– translating into flavor and true expression of varietal character. After harvest the grapes were sent to the winery to be hand-sorted and whole-berry destemmed. The berries rested for 3 days prior to fermentation. The medium-warm fermentation brought out intense berry fruit flavor. The wine was aged sur lie for 4 months followed by an additional 17 months of barrel aging in 85% new French oak and 15% well-seasoned neutral oak.