2019 vintage in the Central Valley of California was beyond perfection for this intense grape variety. A normal Summer was followed by lower than usual temperatures in early Fall, which turned out to be very handy in keeping naturally refreshing acidity levels and low potential alcohol levels. Grapes were picked and shipped to us weeks before the fires ravaged some locations in California. Overall, the grapes were elegantly balanced, incredibly exuberant, and intensely aromatic.
Different techniques were utilized to boost the natural elegance of this variety. Extended cold and warm maceration, controlled temperature fermentation and delestage, helped to develop an exuberant body, and an eclectic array of flavors, firm structure, powdery tannins, and intense ruby red color. Because for some, it is all about expressing the story the vineyard wants to tell, the wine was aged for 16 months in Neutral French and American oak, until nerve and balance were achieved.
The 2019 Ficarra Cellars Tempranillo elicits a wide array of aromas such as black olives, cherries, dried figs, dill, cassis, hints of almonds and dark chocolate. This quintessential Spanish variety can be shared and enjoyed with grilled meats, Chicken Cacciatore, Tapas, Lasagna, roasted pork, and ham.