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2016 “A Basque-ette Case
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
47% tempranillo, 37% graciano, 16% grenache
Appellation
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
84% John Smith, 16% Alta Loma
TA
6.2 g/L
pH
3.7
Aging
Optimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (Sept. 2017), 4-6 years ageability
Serving Temperature
58º F
Label Artist
Ralph Steadman
Alcohol %
13.1

2016 “A Basque-ette Case" - Tempranillo/Graciano/Grenache

September 2017 DEWN Release
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$26.00 per bottle / $280.80 per case
$22.10 per bottle / $249.60 per case (Members)

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
We sourced the Iberian varieties from the John Smith Vineyard, located east of Hollister, near Tres Pinos. Originally an apricot orchard, the property was re-planted in 1998 with Tempranillo and a very small block of Graciano. The soils are a heavy clay loam which has excellent water holding capacity. The vines are planted on their own roots and are trained to a bilateral spur-pruned cordon with catch wires to vertically position shoot growth.
Production Notes
As we’ve observed again and again, it is almost always a blend of grapes, not a monocépage, that yields the most complex, balanced wine in a Mediterranean clime. Grenache supplies abundant fruit, Graciano offers texture and suppleness, and Tempranillo, a tannic, firm structure. You and I, unlike the Basque depicted on the label, are not entirely on our only Rhônely own.
Winemaker Notes
I am so fortunate to have worked with Ralph Steadman, who provided us with this brilliant illustration from an earlier commission - he had called the original “A Basque on his Ass, on his Own.” That’s pretty much that sentiment that I have personally felt in composing this blend of the significant Basque grape varieties.
Food Pairing Notes
Perfect with bisteca a la plancha. Lamb Wellington with Manchego, Almonds and Smoked Aubergine. Pork, particularly Spanish-style Jamon, Chorizo, Iberico and other cured forms. Cheddar, Manchego, Parmesan or Port Salut cheeses.
Production
205 cases
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