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Pedernales Cellars

2016 Texas High Plains Tempranillo
2016 Texas High Plains Tempranillo

2016 was an exciting year for new varieties in the winery, including the Graciano found in this blend. Graciano is a traditional Spanish blending grape - it is most often used in Tempranillo blends to add a bit of spice and complexity. This is particularly true in Rioja, where it is considered to be a very high quality grape. Like the Spanish, we found a little bit goes a long way with Graciano, but the bright fruit and spice, almost cinnamon notes, in this lot were fun to work with in blending trials. As is the case with many of our reds this year, we opted not to filter to preserve the nuance of this wine. That being said, we expect this wine to develop in the bottle and look forward to seeing it continue to transform. 

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Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Tempranillo
Appellation
Texas High Plains
Vineyard Designation
Bingham, Reddy, Lahey, and Evans Vineyards
Acid
7.75
pH
3.73
Aging
12 months American Oak
Fermentation
Stainless Steel
Alcohol %
13.8

Wine Profile

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This traditional Tempranillo has complex aromas of leather, cherry, cedar, cherry cola, dried tea leaves, and white pepper. On the palate , the wine has notes of cherry, cranberry, dried herbs and leather notes. With lovely firm tannins, this wine will improve with age. We recommend drinking now or cellaring for 5 to 7 years.
Food Pairing Notes
Burgers, pizza and brisket and any chili—veggie or carne!
Production
95% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano