2005 Calaveras County Tempranillo
Try this wine with this recipe! Pork Tenderloin with Dried Cherry and Rosemary Sauce (thanks Rick Bakas!)
90 points! "A study in progress, as are all California Temps. This is easily Twisted Oak's best so far. Dry and medium-bodied, it shows rich cherry, red currant, tangerine zest and pepper flavors, rendered complex with earthier notes of tobacco, tar and cedar. The texture is a lovely, lilting silk. A wine to watch." - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"Deep ruby to brick red. A very intriguing nose filed with notes of earth, berry concentrate, fresh herbs, cloves, and cinnamon. The palate is just as expressive being austere while ripe and assertive, showing all things in good measure. Wonderfully balanced and provocative. Very food friendly with great natural acidity. Splendid!" - BevX.com
Gold Medal, Riverside International Wine Competition!
90 pts, Wine Enthusiast!
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The nose was really rather closed upon opening, but eventually took on aromas of vanilla, some fruit, and earthiness. Across the palate was sour cherry and the barest hint of spice, silky smooth with no heat, and one of the Twisted Twio commented on there being a bit of something citrus to it. Not a real complex wine, but enjoyable for sure!
If you have Tempranillo-specific glasses, be sure to use them, as we found the flavors and aromas more pronounced in these glasses as opposed to Cabernet/generic red glasses.
Firstly as many people often have stated yes, it's a bit thin but worked perfectly for the dish I made as it went well with both the pasta and the meats and veggies.
Color - dark violet moving into deep purple, with little in the way of legs
Nose - cherry, leather, mocha, and a bit of spice. Even an hour later I seem to get a tiny bit of heat on the nose.
Palate - Itty bitty bit of heat, but so well balanced with the fruit and acidity you barely notice. It ended up sitting for at least 30 minutes before I truly drank it, but it definitely doesn't need decanting and can probably even be a pop 'n pour. In summary: Find some nice plump cherries in your garden. Then drag them across chocolate ice cream sitting in a bowl of leather surrounded by good soil growing some flowers. There's your wine. It's well balanced between fruity and earthiness, good acidity with a rather nice bouquet on the nose. An easy drinker that would go well with most anything except for those that like BIG wines with BIG meats. I give this wine a solid 88+, leaning towards an 89.
Alan and Eileen Brubaker, Carpenter, Wyoming KO7X and K7MZY