100% Tempranillo from Amador County. SRP of $18 and available for around $16.
Sample received courtesy the winemaker and TAPAS Society for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Since 1981, St. Amant, a small family winery has pursued the road less traveled, handcrafting delicious wines from Spanish and Portugese varieties. Our Tempranillo is grown in our Sierra Foothill vineyard and sits in a relatively cool site that is carefully farmed to produce the highest quality grapes. This 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.
I received a bottle of this wine to try as part of International Tempranillo Day on September 1. I'm a big fan of Tempranillo, but this was my first occasion to try one from outside of Spain, and in this case, California. Needless to say, I was excited to give it a try and see how it holds up against the Spaniards! And it did quite well.
The 2008 St. Amant Amador County Tempranillo begins with good, strong aromas of ripe blackberry, tobacco, and spice. The wine tastes rich and silky, and is full-bodied with mouth coating flavors of blackberry, black currant, and smoky tobacco. It is a bit on the jammy side, but that's not a bad thing here. The wine gets even better with a little time to breathe. The finish is a bit hot thanks to the 15.5% alcohol but has a really strong flavor that lasts a long time. Oak notes are quite predominant on the finish but I suspect those will mellow out with a little more bottle age. Overall this competes quite nicely with the Spanish Tempranillos that I have tried.
Also check out these reviews of other American grown Tempranillo:
- The Abacela Estate Tempranillo from Umpqua Valley, Oregon: A Myriad of Multi-Dimensional Flavors.
- The Longoria Clover Creek Vineyard Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, California: America The Beautiful (Saturday Splurge).
- The Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo from Lodi, California: Organic and Dynamic.
- The Curran Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, California: A Decadently Delicious Saturday Splurge.
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Overall Rating: 7.3
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