47% tempranillo, 37% graciano, 16% grenache
84% John Smith, 16% Alta Loma
Optimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (Sept. 2017), 4-6 years ageability
2016 “A Basque-ette Case" - Tempranillo/Graciano/Grenache
September 2017 DEWN Release
$26.00 per bottle / $280.80 per case
$22.10 per bottle / $249.60 per case (Members)
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.
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.
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.