Latah Creek Monarch Tempranillo 2012

Latah Creek Monarch Tempranillo 2012
Latah Creek Monarch Tempranillo 2012

BACKGROUND

Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie started the Monarch Reserve Red program in 2008, with the first release in April 2010. The idea was to give Natalie an opportunity to learn an individual grape intimately, on a small-scale level.

WINEMAKING

Our first-ever Tempranillo is the embodiment of Mike and Natalie’s winemaking vision; Old-World-style taste (true varietal flavors), lower alcohol and tannins, resulting in the perfect accompaniment to food. A rustic edge gives this wine the ability to drink now, but also the capability to age for 5-10 years nicely. Tempranillo is one of Natalie’s favorite varietals, as they can have a distinctively different taste then the standard reds. Its unique profile makes it one-of-a-kind. Because of its Reserve nature, this wine spent more time on oak, 16 months in French and American Oak, and is a small-lot wine; only 7 barrels were produced.

TASTING NOTES

Rustic describes this Tempranillo perfectly. The bouquet of this Spanish varietal is filled with dusty black currant, dried plum, fine cherry tobacco, and herb nuances. Ripe plum, black currant, and sweet spice engulf your mouth while tobacco, tayberry, and hints of oak vanillin linger.

FOOD PAIRING

Pair this wine with beef, hearty sauces, and pork, such as Ellena’s Pork Shoulder with Red Wine and Dried Cherries recipe in her latest cookbook.

 

 

 

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Vintage2012
VarietalTempranillo
Varietal Composition85% Tempranillo, 10% Merlot, 5% Malbec
AppellationWahluke Slope
VineyardLee Paloma Vineyard
DesignationReserve
Aging18 months in a combination of old and new French and American oak
Fermentationfull primary and secondary
Residual Sugar0.0%
Alcohol13.50%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/03/2014

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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