Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard is one such producer. They’ve been making European-style, cellar-worthy wines since the 1970′s. In 2008 they launched a new brand called Quinta Cruz, which includes only varietals that are native to the Iberian peninsula.
I had an opportunity to check out their tempranillo from Pierce Dairy farm in San Antonio Valley, California. And while I wanted to tuck this one into the cellar for a few years, I had no complaints.
The nose on this wine is absolutely gorgeous, with aromas of blackberry, cherry, coffee, cured meats and brown sugar. The palate is equally delightful, offering ripe blackberry and cherry flavors complemented by hints of chocolate. The concentration on the palate is perfect, as are the acidity and balance. The tannins are dense enough to give a small organize, but I wouldn’t complain with a small more tannin. The end is nice and long, and adds a touch of tobacco. All told, this is an outstanding wine.
Wine: Quinta Cruz Pierce Dairy farm
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