Remember the Heritage Oak Winery 2012 Tempranillo, all those fresh dark fruit aromas and flavors, solid structure and lasting finish? Well, in my humble opinion, the 2013 Tempranillo is even better. And I have it from none other than Hailey that, “It’s really good”.
Originally from Spain, Tempranillo is finding a home here in the Lodi area. Again, this year we were fortunate to be able to source our Tempranillo grapes from the Shinn Family Vineyards located just west of Lodi on Davis Road. The Shinn Family has provided Tom with their Tempranillo grapes for … years. Year in and year out, they have provided high quality grapes for the Heritage Oak Tempranillos.
So, what is it that has Hailey so excited about the 2013? Deep red in color, a nice floral nose hinting of ripe dark fruit, tasting of fresh black plums or perhaps boysenberries, a solid structure built on subtle tannins and a complementary fruit and acid balance — a little leather and light oak on the finish. Yeah, I’d say that is something to get excited about. It is just a savory delight!
In the winery, this wine was aged for 16 months in neutral barrels mellowing it out and providing that nice, subtle oak on the finish. For a wine at only 14% alcohol, it shows outstanding “legs,” which tells us nothing about the quality of the wine or why Hailey likes it, but the “legs” are fun to observe and talk about.
Pair this wine with, of course, any Spanish dishes based on its heritage. But due to its savory nature, Tempranillo pairs well with many cuisines. Pair it with tomato-based Italian foods (lasagna anyone?), pizza, perhaps some tacos, nachos, a burrito, or chilis. Tom, Carmela, Arta and I paired the 2013 Tempranillo with a spicy Thai pork and eggplant dish at Thai Spices and it was delicious, scrumptious and downright yummy. At home, I pair Tempranillos with a tomato-based lentil chili I make and the two complement each other very, very nicely. Can I have a bit more chili and Tempranillo, please?
So, if you haven’t come by the winery lately, you are missing out. The 2013 Tempranillo is tasting really great right now. It will also age quite nicely in your cellar for a couple of years. Come by for a taste. Enjoy the wine. Enjoy the moment.
- Posted by Tom Hoffman
- On February 4, 2016
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