St.Amant’s 14th vintage of this noble Spanish grape, known as the Cabernet Sauvignon of Spain. The wine is a big, chewy, well-structured red with full, round aromas of spice, tobacco, and dark fruits. It has a ripe mouthcoating texture, and delicious flavors that linger on the finish.
The 2014 Tempranillo is our 14th vintage of this noble Spanish grape that we first planted in our Amador County vineyard back in 1998. The variety has a natural affinity to our vineyard site and tends to produce big well-structured reds. Over the years we've learned a lot about how to grow the vines and craft the wines, and are delighted with the quality from the 2014 vintage. The wines has deep dark fruit flavors, is well stuctured with mouth-coating tanins, but still retains a lively freshness that makes for a delicious drinking wine.
Best Red Wine of California - CA State Fair
Double Gold Medal - CA State Fair
The grapes for this wine come from our own vineyard in the foothills of Amador County. This particular vineyard block is planted with two carefully selected clones of Tempranillo on a Vertical Shoot Position trellis. The vineyard is in a relatively cool site with a large diurnal temperature swing that produces well-structured wines. After several "normal" vintages, 2014 saw harvest come a couple weeks earlier than the previous years, but fruit quality was outstanding.
Picked ripe and hand sorted the grapes were crushed and destemmed to open top fermentors. 2 gentle pumpovers combined with a rack-and-return were performed each day. The wine was pressed off the skins at approximately 2 brix, and finished fermentation in a combination of French and American Oak (24% new). The wine was aged for 16 months in barrels, and completed a natural malolactic fermentation in barrel.
The 2014 Tempranillo celebrates our 14th vintage of this noble Spanish variety that has found a natural home in our estate vineyard. The wine is a big, chewy, well-structured red with full, round aromas of spice, tobacco, and dark fruits. It has a ripe mouthcoating texture that provides a good lengthy finish. From start to finish, the 2014 was a delicious wine.