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2005 Calaveras County Tempranillo
Wine Specs
Barrel Aging
12 months in new and neitral American and French Oak
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast

2005 Calaveras County Tempranillo

$24.00 Regular Price / $19.20 Twisted Few Price
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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!" -

Gold Medal, Riverside International Wine Competition!
90 pts, Wine Enthusiast!

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A late night infomercial from a couple of years ago for a questionable land deal in northern California had a well-known TV cop from the 1980s telling you “You Gonna Love It!” Well, there is nothing questionable about the Calaveras County land that grows this Tempranillo! It’s starts off with aromas of holiday spices like vanilla, cinnamon and clove, and finishes with flavors of raspberries, blueberries, and purple. (Purple?) Anyway, we’re absolutely certain “You Gonna Love It!”
Gold Medal, Riverside International Wine Competition Best of Class, Sierra Foothills, California State Fair
Vineyard Notes
68% Tempranillo, Rolleri Vineyard in Angels Camp, 20% Tempranillo, Spaniard block, Twisted Oak Winery, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, Vallecito Vineyards
Food Pairing Notes
Tapas! Spicy sausages and salamis - ham - game - pot roast - linguica - even lamb or pasta!
Product Reviews
Cathy Gore's Gravatar
Cathy Gore
(Jun 10, 2009 at 9:02 PM)
This really is an all-around kind of wine. Dinner consisted of tacos de carnitas, grilled veggies (tri-color bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes), and deep-fried taquitos and mini beef tacos, along with some bread and manchego and cheddar. The Tempranillo paired wonderfully with all of it.

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.

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Eric Waldron (aka HitAnyKey)
(Jun 12, 2009 at 8:10 PM)
Firstly, dinner was some fried up some smoked sausage, onion, mushroom, and red pepper (and a bit of scallion). Diced in a clove of garlic and a bit of basil, salt, & McCormicks Seakhouse seasoning pepper. I served this over a dish of spaghetti that I drizzled a bit of the basil oil on.

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.

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NY Pete
(Jun 13, 2009 at 4:57 PM)
I get the following ... spicy on the nose ... berries to the taste ... and a smooth lingering finish. If I had to rate it ... 90 points in my book

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Chuck Leedy
(Jun 15, 2009 at 8:50 AM)
Just bought my bottle yesterday, I could not wait to get home and try it with the Elk backstrap I had marinating. Wow what a compliment the wine was! I must confess I continued to enjoy the wine well after dinner and find this wine can be enjoyed on it's own without pairing. I particularly enjoyed the spice and aroma of this wine. I did find a brief sitting seem to enhance these qualities. I will definitely be purchasing more of this arousing wine. 89-90 points.

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Mike Holland
(Oct 26, 2009 at 8:07 AM)
After an absolutely hellish week involving sewer pipes and other nasty bits of real life, Sunday night dinner was a reboot in the sense that some things make life worth living. Functional plumbing and a great meal are two that come to mind... A 7 Bone pot roast with roasted root veggies and a thick gravy served with the Tempranillo over the course of several hours. The U2 concert going on in the background - we're THAT close to the Rose Bowl - made for interesting accompaniment. Our technical review of the Tempranillo can be found at

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Brandi Langner
(Apr 22, 2010 at 8:04 PM)
Paired well with microwave popcorn and an afternoon on the deck watching the baby squirrels play in the trees. Truly wonderful. I think I might have to fly out & visit sometime.

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Alan Brubaker
(May 19, 2010 at 7:21 PM)
DE KO7X. As usual, I entered the California QSO Party amateur radio competition. Those of us who score high enough win a bottle of fine California wine (all California wines are fine in my book). So today I went to UPS and picked up the shipment. We are watching the Lakers/Suns game and enjoying the wine. We are far from being wine experts, but I can tell you that we can give it a big thumbs up. We have never tried Tempranillo Wine before, but it is excellent. So, to whoever selected this wine for us, good choice. Thank you.

Alan and Eileen Brubaker, Carpenter, Wyoming KO7X and K7MZY

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Paul Forbes
(May 28, 2010 at 11:22 AM)
Just opened my bottle last night and Wow! Very in your face fruit and just enough tartness to make it interesting. I get cherry and strawberry with nice "old wine barrel" earthiness. luscious and ripe fruit, but also complex. very nice effort

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