Why Tempranillo? This is recognized as the finest red variety indigenous to Spain and comes out after a decade of experimenting with it in our vineyard. We have found in the Green Valley both the ideal site and planting system to see it thrive, just like it does in the cool areas of Ribera del Duero and High Rioja of Northern Spain.
The Don Miguel Vineyard: Named after the late patriarch of the Torres family, this sustainable and biodynamic vineyard is located in the Green Valley — the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River, only ten miles from the Pacific. It is planted in 'vaso' or head trained, which is the classic vine training system of the best Tempranillos grown in Spain; the fruit zone is circular around the head of the vine and the canopy creates an 'umbrella' shape over the fruit that results in dappled light.
Tasting Notes:The intense aromas are reminiscent of black fruits like blueberries, coffee, roasted meats, with hints of fennel and black pepper. The supple but plush tannins are perfectly integrated with the elegant French oak. The wine is voluptuous and mouthfilling, promising a long life — 15-20 years at least. I would recommend serving it at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F.