2005 Grace Patriot Tempranillo

El Dorado

Estate Grown

BRIX AT HARVEST:25.1

TOTAL ACID:.6 g/100 ml

pH:3.79

ALCOHOL:14.2

BLEND:93.5% Tempranillo, 1.5% Graciano,5% Cabernet Sauvignon

AGING:17 months, 60% French Oak,40% American Oak, 60% new

PRODUCTION:370 Cases

AWARDS:
GOLD     Reserve Class Champion Houston International Wine Competition 2008
SILVER      San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2008
GOLD  Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2008

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION: Medium garnet color.  Dry, rich, smooth, ripe berry, full, fat yummy!

FULL DESCRIPTION: This is a richer version of a classic, elegant Rioja.  Color is medium garnet with a hint of violet at the edges.  The aroma is full of lovely ripe blackberry jam with a hint of spice.  The flavor is packed with very ripe blackberries, a touch of leather and the slightest hint of cardamom.  From the front to back of the palate, the broad structure is extremely consistent, and while rich and full, it is beautifully balanced.  The tannins are definitely there, but they are soft, fruit tannins that help fortify the structure of this big wine.

The softness of this rich wine makes it ideal with spicy food as well as an excellent accompaniment to meat dishes.  Try it with tomato-based sauces for a near perfect match.