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

2007 The Spaniard

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Chairman's Award, Riverside International Wine Competition!
Double Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition!
Gold Medal, Calaveras Wine Competition!
Gold Medal, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition!
"Flying Squirrel Heart! 102.02 points!" - Hardy on Dirty South Wine (see the video review here!)

"93 points! One of the more interesting Spanish varietal blends in California for the last several vintages. The 07 is mainly Tempranillo, with Graciano and Garnacha. It's a very dry wine, soft and velvety in tannins, with a bite of acidity that makes it somewhat sharp. The flavors are mainly of cherries, with complex notes of green olives, cocoa, anise liqueur and sandalwood, and even a citrusy touch of tangerine zest. A satisfying alternative to Merlot or Syrah that grows more fascinating with each release. Definitely a wine to follow." - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast

hello!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.

73% of customers that bought this wine also know that 64% of all statistics are completely made up, so they also bought the 2008 River of Skulls just because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Wine Specs
Red Blend
Calaveras County
Barrel Aging
19 months in new and used French and American Oak
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
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!
Scads and oodles of awards!
Vineyard Notes
All Twisted Oak Vineyards!
20% Tempranillo, Sheep Shack Vineyard
44% Tempranillo, Spaniard block
20% Graciano, Willow block
16% Garnacha, Oruga and Colina Roja blocks
Food Pairing Notes
Meat! If you don't ever drink this with lamb, you're not livin' right!! OK, beef is fine too! Or pork. Or goat...
Product Reviews
NY Pete's Gravatar
NY Pete
(Dec 9, 2009 at 5:02 PM)
too buzzed to remember the particulars but ... the twisted oak tradition continues ... still a baby so give it some time in a decanter ... 2 thumbs up!

baconator's Gravatar
(Jul 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM)
I shared this bottle for my birthday. A six-fingered guest appeared, and asked for a sip. After he tried it, he thanked me and left.

Ten minutes later, the six fingered quest returned and demanded a glass. I refused. While I was not looking, he grabbed the bottle. Without a word, the six-fingered man drank through the bottle. I loved my bottle, so naturally I challenged its drinker to a duel. I fail. Six-fingered man leave me alive. But he give me this. (points to recycled bottle)

When I was a-sober enough, I dedicated my life to the study of drinking, so the next time we meet, I will not fail. I will go up to the six-fingered man and say, "Hello. My name is Bacon Ator. You drank my bottle. Prepare to die."

Donna's Gravatar
(Jun 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM)
Took (my only bottle) to Idaho and first sip "the best wine I've every had!". We savored every drop! Now I'm back for more!

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Jim Patton
(Jul 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM)
I recently brought back a large quantity of Cioppino from Phils Fish market in Moss Landing Ca. Now I know that nothing in the wine profile for the Spaniard said anything about pairing it with seafood, but it should. Both the wine and the cioppino were damn good together. The Spaniard is my favorite Twisted Oak wine. The Spaniard is my favorite WINE period.

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Mrs. Spanky Brown
(Nov 2, 2011 at 8:52 AM)
The Spaniard is hands down my favorite Twisted Oak wine. Each year it gets better and better. It's my go-to "special" wine for all worthy occasions. I'm always a bit giddy when I find out we are getting one in our wine club shipment!

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Nurse Patty
(Nov 29, 2011 at 5:17 AM)
I am by no means a "wine snob"! If I like a wine I buy it! It does not matter to me the name, origin or price. And well I love this wine! Twisted is one of my favorites over all but Spaniard never disappoints! I have given it as gifts to a few very educated wine people and they have asked for more.

Alan's Gravatar
(Nov 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM)
For anyone who is interested. For the next 2 days you can get the 2007 Twisted Oak Spaniard at Lot 18 for $33.00 a bottle and free shipping. Their may be some tax. I ordered 2 bottles of this today. I also had a $20 credit with Lot 18 being a former ordering customer. So total for me was like $50 shipped 2 bottles. From reading the reviews on this wine I can not wait for it to arrive.

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Rob Millis
(Dec 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM)
The Spaniard is one of the greatest bargains available for an excellent red, and the discounted 6-pack was ridiculously well priced. We're giving The Spaniard to family members for the holidays this year and bought more than a case for ourselves as well.

Lori's Gravatar
(Dec 30, 2011 at 10:41 AM)
On Christmas Eve, we had the Spaniard for the first time at Petra's in Mammoth Lakes, CA and our bartender was THRILLED with our choice. Then WE were so thrilled with our choice, we shared with him. We all enjoyed bottle #1 so much that we bought a second...and were kind enough to provide sips to the "kingdom" at the bar with us....which was silly of us...less for us....but it WAS Christmas and all : ) Can't wait to find it out in the world of San Diego : )

Scott's Gravatar
(Feb 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM)
Drinking perfectly right now..delicious!

Nick's Gravatar
(Mar 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM)
Suffice it to say that The Spaniard is a veritable party in my mouth, top-notch with steak and other bold red wine friendly foods!

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