2017 ELEVATE TEMPRANILLO  •	Spicy oak, Ripe fruit, and a dense body •
2017 ELEVATE TEMPRANILLO  •	Spicy oak, Ripe fruit, and a dense body •

2017 ELEVATE TEMPRANILLO • Spicy oak, Ripe fruit, and a dense body •

Regular price $22.00

2017 El Dorado County of Sierra Foothills Tempranillo

  • Spicy oak, Ripe fruit, and a dense body

    • Fruity and dry
    • Black cherry and raspberry
    • 40% whole cluster, to bring out the berry fruitiness of the wine
    • 9 mos oak age, with just a kiss of new oak for spice
    • 10% viognier co-ferment for early approachability

History and other tidbits:

The Grape:

  • Leading role in Rioja wines
  • Tempranillo roughly translates to “early”, refereeing to its timing of ripeness
  • An ancient grape, the Phoenicians introduced it to the Iberian Peninsula over 3000 years ago
  • Fourth most planted variety in the world

The Land: El Dorado County of the Sierra Foothills

  • Winemaking was born along with the gold rush in 1848
  • Poor economic conditions and a dwindling population weakened the grape game, and prohibition finished it off between 1920-1960
  • The 1970’s saw the resurgence of the wine and grape industry
  • Officially became an AVA in 1983
  • El Dorado is a sub-appellation of the 2,600,000-acre Sierra Foothills AVA
  • Over 70 Varietals grown
  • Sandwiched between the Middle Fork of the American River and the South Fork of the Cosumnes River
  • Elevation ranges from 1200 to 3500ft
  • El Dorado's mountain vineyards are perched at elevations ranging from 1200-3500ft, where cooling breezes off the Sierra Nevada mountains create a diversity of microclimates and growing conditions not found in other regions in valley settings
  • El Dorado is cooled by elevation rather than by the fog that is common to the coastal regions
  • there are three basic soil types determining the characteristics of the region: fine-grained volcanic rock, decomposed granite and fine-grained shale
  • El Dorado is a mythical being known as the golden one
  • In his 1849 poem "El Dorado," writer Edgar Allan Poe offers an eerie and eloquent suggestion: "Over the Mountains of the Moon, down the Valley of the Shadow, ride, boldly ride … if you seek for El Dorado."
  • El Hombre Dorado ("The Golden Man") or El Rey Dorado ("The Golden King"), was the term used by the Spanish Empire to describe a mythical tribal chief (zipa) of the Muisca native people in then Spanish colonial province of Colombia, who, as an initiation rite, covered himself with gold dust and submerged in Lake Guatavita.