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2006 The Spaniard
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Calaveras County
Barrel Aging
19 months in new and used French and American Oak
Alcohol %
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2006 The Spaniard

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"92 points. This wine has been interesting since it first came out, and with the commanding 2006, it takes its place as one of the best Tempranillo-based wines in California. It's bone dry, and while it's a little soft in acidity, the tannins are so refined that the wine retains structure. Flavor-wise, it's all cherries, cedar and rich, earthy mulch notes." - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"The rich crispy, buttery goodness of the BBLT (Brie-Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato) matched with the cherry-clove-leather delight of a young (2006) Spaniard. This wine is made from a blend of tempranillo, grenache and graciano aged in new French, new American and two-year-old French oak. Which is like saying Manolo Blahnik makes shoes. It is a beautiful dark wine with tasty spice and fruit. Together with the BBLT, it combined alchemically. We yelled "Yee ha!" A culinary rawhide whip crack flourish. Third bottle we opened...first bottle we finished." - Liza on BrixChicks

Made at Twisted Oak by Winemakers Of Unusual Size; this swash-buckling Calaveras blend is so big you'll need six fingers to hold the glass. It's inconceivable that one could resist the aromas of black currants and clove spices, the flavors of blueberries and plums and tannins as big as Fezzik himself. This wine will certainly leave you mostly dead. Share it with your special buttercup, a gentle giant, or the entire Kingdom… as you wish.

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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 Sweet Tart" "Leather berry berry" "Oakberry pepper" "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!
Gold Medal, Riverside International Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
All Twisted Oak Vineyards! 23% Tempranillo, Sheep Shack Vineyard, 43% Tempranillo, Spaniard block, 20% Graciano, Willow block, 14% Garnacha, Oruga and Colina Roja blocks
Food Pairing Notes
If you don't ever drink this with lamb, you're not livin' right!! OK, beef is fine too!
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Product Reviews
eric9tx's Gravatar
(Jun 10, 2009 at 7:10 AM)
I was lucky enough to be a Lab Rat (of Unusual Size) on this wine. Going against instinct I decided to share with friends. This is what we came up with:

"Run, Eric, as fast as you can!" With the golden ticket in your hand.

An hour of breath, and my ladies to my right and left...

We pour the juice and become a bit loose...

A spice in our nose, and a clove in the toast...

The killer blackberry for the Bride to marry...

A glass colored with ruby, with a taste fitting enough to please the newbie...

The earthy grapes coat our lips, and we slowly shake our hips...

Tickle the tongue with cherries sour, exactly unlike iocane powder...

Raise our glasses, and slap our asses...

This wine is great, fuck those who hate...

We drink this vino from beginning to finito...

Mourning the end of the bottle, we feel rather hollow...

Big thanks to Fermento, we'll be the olive to your pimento!

eric9tx's Gravatar
(Jun 10, 2009 at 7:14 AM)
And now for a more "normal" review: Color: ruby Nose: dark fruit, hints of black pepper, other spices Taste: dark fruit, blueberry?, black raspberry!, dirt, mildly tannic (not Fezzig tannic), not mouthfillingly rich but lingers on the back of the tongue, hints of clove and iocane powder. Lighter than expected (typical of TO?) for a "meat" wine, but not thin. Just not heavy. 89+ if I knew how to rate properly.

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NY Pete
(Jun 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM)
Scott & El Jefe strike again! This tempranillo blend is solid across the board ... WOW aromatics ... WOW taste ... and WOW, a killer finish!The Spaniard rocks the casbah! A bit pricey but well worth the money spent ... 92+ from yours truly.

Mark's Gravatar
(Jun 27, 2009 at 10:23 AM)
The Spaniard from Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito, California (Calaveras County) is a Spanish Red Blend made up of 66% Tempranilo, 20% Graciano and 14% Garnacha (the actual percentages may vary from vintage to vintage). The wine pours out an inky, reddish purple that is opaque and quite dense. On the nose there are vibrant aromas of dark fruit (plum, blackberry, black currant, blueberry) with some peppery spice, leather and a pine like earthiness. In the mouth this is big and bold but not brash exhibiting a lovely silkiness and wonderful balance. Concentrated dark fruit with vanilla, clove and a touch of pepper. Good balance for being so young and will become even better with some age. Well worth buying and drinking but, if you have the patience, cellar it for a few years and really let the wine shine.

Compared to the 2005 Spaniard I tasted last week I'd say this is on par and may even be a notch better. Nice consistency from vintage to vintage.

Delyn's Gravatar
(Oct 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM)
2 words...LOVED IT!!!!

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