Pretty Horses Tempranillo 2019
Enfield Wine Company
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals 67% Tempranillo, 18% Cariñena, 10% Garnacha, 5% Graciano
Farming Organic practicing.
Vineyard Pretty Horses is a blend of 3 vineyards - Rorick Heritage Vineyard, Heron Lake Vineyard and Shake Ridge Ranch. The Pinot Noir comes from Heron Lake Vineyard which is farmed in Wild Horse Valley. High up in the Sierras, Shake Ridge has quickly become one of the most famous vineyards in California. It’s cool high-altitude nights, sublime rocky soils, and impeccable farming have made it a destination. The result is a Tempranillo of remarkable elegance, translucence and purity that plays between worlds - savory and sweet, light and dark. The Tempranillo comes from a young block of head trained vines planted at an elevation of 1800 feet on a northern facing slope that softens the direct afternoon sun.
Soil Shake Ridge Ranch: Sublime rocky soil of quartz and blue schist, Rorick Heritage Vineyard : Schist, Antle Vineyard : Limestone and decomposed granite
Viticulture Organic practicing.
Vinification The grapes were partially de-stemmed (50%) into open top fermenters where the grapes were gently foot tread or punched down no more than once a day during a native yeast fermentation.
Aging Aged for 11 months in a combination of 500L and 225L French oak barrels, including 10% new.
Production 500 cases.
Notes "Pretty Horses is a Spanish inspired but uniquely California wine celebrating lightness of being in a wine of rich texture and spice. Lovely on its own, it is also the most versatile food wine we make. From roasted meats to savory pastas, charcuterie, vegetables and even delicate white fish, Pretty Horses' balance of fruit and deep sense of umami plays off many different foods. Anything with a little too much salt makes it absolutely pop - this SHOULD be your go to pizza wine. Of all the core wines, Pretty Horses is where I have the most freedom to play chef, to get creative and try different flavors. So after adding Garnacha to the mix in 2018, I blended in a little Cariñena (another traditional Spanish grape) to the 2019. The addition continues to soften the tannin profile, fleshes out the middle, and enhances the acidity. The 2019 vintage has a deep, juicy core of dark cherry fruit and smells like a night out west under the stars. dark cherry, brambly huckleberry, toasted smores, sagebrush, grilled sausages, rich but not heavy mid-palate, polished tannins Drink Now (with food) - 2026" - John Lockwood
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