Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Appellation: Paso Robles, CA
Vineyard: AmByth Estate, Mark’s Vineyard
Soils: Sandy Clay Loam, Calcareous, Limestone
Certifications and Farm Method: Dry Farmed. Biodynamic. Organic.
Aging Vessel and time: Neutral Oak 20 months
Yeast, Sulfites, Additions: Native, None
Cases Produced: 24
Vinification: Foot stomped whole cluster in open top fermentation bins. Fermented on skins 15 days through primary. Pressed and aged 20 months in a 250 Liter neutral oak barrel. Racked during descending moon and then bottled the following descending moon. In bottle 2 years before release.
Tasting Notes: It is really fun to drink a tempranillo (think rioja) with zero oak addition. The grape has tremendous life. Full of fruit but well balanced by natural tannins. I'm tasting it right now with summer fare but truly it cries out for bigger flavors. Drink now or anytime in the next 20 years, the changes will be a ride.