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2020 Tempranillo

2020 Tempranillo
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Our Founder, Chuck Hovey, was one of the winemakers responsible for introducing Tempranillo to Calaveras County back in 1998.  It is the foundation of our lineup and featured in our C2 Red Blend as well as our Founder's Blend.

Wine Specs
Sierra Foothills
Vineyard Designation
Cavern Vineyard
3-5 years
Bottling Date
August 2019
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our 2020 vintage is a lovely purple in the glass, and sparkles in the glass. There's a little surprise as you uncork the bottle - you find vinous or grapey aromas. Made in the classic Ribera del Duero style, with your first sip you notice beautiful blackberry along with a hint of chocolate. As you continue to enjoy your glass, enjoy the tannins that are very well integrated with the oak. This wine is ready to drink now, and will age well in the bottle for at least five years. You might find some titrates at the bottom of a glass - we call these wine diamonds, and they are a natural part of the winemaking.
Vineyard Notes
Cavern Vineyards in Calaveras County is the source of the fruit for our flagship Tempranillo.
Production Notes
This rich wine is open top fermented before being barreled on neutral oak for 18 months. Once bottled it is aged for another year.
Winemaker Notes
Chuck Hovey launched the Hovey brand with an amazing Gold Medal at the Tempranillo del Mundo competition for his 2009 Tempranillo. Only one of 4 US winemakers to take home the gold, and only 1 of 2 from California, this win put Chuck and his wine on the map, both locally and globally.
Food Pairing Notes
This earthy wine pairs well with Paella (of course), virtually anything Mexican, or grilled. Think grilled hangar steak, carne asada tacos or polenta with grilled shrimp.

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