The journey of our Barrel Select Tempranillo began in September 2009 the fruit was harvested at the peak of ripeness. The juice was divided into small fermentation lots and multiple yeasts were used to create this superb wine. The wine was aged in a number French and American oak barrels. Some new oak barrels an some as many and six years old. Wine ages differently in different barrels, thus aromas and flavor develop differently. After the wine has barrel aged at least 12 months we taste every barrel. From this tasting we score and select the best barrels to create the barrel selection blend. The wine then aged another 6 months in barrel for a total of 18 months in oak. The wine was then bottled unfiltered to retain all the fruit aromas, structure and uniqueness.
It looks like we are headed into a drought period for Northern California. There is still time for a wet spring but for now we are still irrigating the vineyards and staying busy in the fields. One positive outlook for all the dry weather is we have been able to begin construction on our new winery. Located just a few miles north east of Winters we have begun transforming what was a productive tomato field just five months ago. There is not much to see now only a cleared area where the new building will soon go. But a few weeks of dry weather will allow for some quick progress. So a little rain is much needed but if stays dry we will not let the opportunity pass-by.