2009 The Spaniard
2009 The Spaniard
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A wine that will leave you mostly dead! A Rioja-style blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha.

9.1 out of 10! - James the Wine Guy (watch James' video review!)

Made at Twisted Oak by Winemakers of Unusual Size, this swashbuckling Calaveras blend is so big you’ll need six fingers to hold the bottle. It’s inconceivable that one could resist these aromas and flavors as big as Fezzik himself. Share it with your special Buttercup, a Gentle Giant, or the entire Kingdom... as you wish.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
We have quite a hodgepodge of tasting notes for The Spaniard, so rather than wrap a narrative of questionable cleverness around them, we’re just going to throw them right at you: “Cherry Black Currant bomb” “Cedar cherry berry” “Great gams” (gams?) “Fruitalicious” “Way better than beer” “A great [Italian] red” (that was one confused taster, and we won’t repeat the inappropriate ethnic characterization that rhymes with Winnebago.) Our favorite: “It’s turtles all the way down!” OK, so that last one is maybe too hip for the room (you can read about it on Wikipedia) - we’re pretty sure he was referring to the long finish
Vineyard Notes
All Twisted Oak Vineyards!
21% Tempranillo, Sheep Shack Vineyard
47% Tempranillo, Spaniard block
15% Graciano, Willow block
17% Garnacha, Colina Roja block
Food Pairing Notes
Meat! If you don't ever drink this with lamb, you're not livin' right!! Well-marbled beef by itself, or lean cuts of beef with rich sauces. How about a Spanish Paprika rubbed Ribeye topped with Applewood smoked bacon and Cabrale Spanish Blue? How about it?
Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
Red Spanish Blend
Appellation
Calaveras County
Barrel Aging
30% new French, American, and Hungarian oak; 70% neutral oak
Alcohol %
14.3
Product Reviews
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Blake Olson
(Jan 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM)
I served this at a dinner party Saturday and it was head and shoulders above anything else. I lament I had only one bottle.

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Blake Olson
(Jan 20, 2014 at 7:41 PM)
Let me add that I served it with a stuffed pork loin roast, mushroom risotto, and some other stuff that was highly praised but not important here. The attetizer was a portobello pizza with bacon, poblano strips, cheese, manchego, and a squirt of pesto. That was a stellar combination.

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Timothy Carman
(Jan 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM)
Love this wine. Nice body and fruit with a herbal quality to it. Nicely balanced. Just opened it the week of Jan 26,2014z