Wine Notes from Twisted Oak’s Jeff Stai:
Nose: bright cherries, vanilla, leather
Taste: tart cherries, rhubarb, cloves and warm spices on the finish
Food pairing: Spanish Rubbed Ribeye Steak. ‘Nuff Said…… OR, if that’s not enough said, try it with a Hamburger with grilled onions and a slice of Manchego. And Mexican food! Carnitas, Al Pastor, Carne Asada… you get the idea.
Tempranillo! The grape that made Calaveras County famous! (OK, along with frogs, Mark Twain, and an infamous archeological hoax… I’m looking at you, Clampers! By the way look up “Calaveras Skull” if you want that hoax reference. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calaveras_Skull)
Tempranillo! Ten years ago you couldn’t even say “Tem-prah-NEE-yoh” and now, you - ladies and gentlemen - from what was only an inarticulate mass of Cab-swirling tissue, I give you a Cultured, Sophisticated Tempranillo lover about town! Now get out there and put on that ritz!
Blend: 100% Tempranillo
Appellation: Sierra Foothills
Barrel Regime: 70% neutral oak, plus a mix of French, Hungarian, and American oak
Winemaker: Mark Künz
Included in the Box
4x 2015 Twisted Oak Tempranillo, Sierra Foothills, Calaveras County
12x 2015 Twisted Oak Tempranillo, Sierra Foothills, Calaveras County
Twisted Oak Winery was founded at the turn of the century, as the culmination of a long string of momentous decisions, including leaving a successful technical career, leaving the city life to move to a town of barely 2000 people, buying some really cool vacant land nearby, ripping our children out of high school, and deciding that starting a winery would be a really cool and fun thing to do.
That vacant land with amazing views at 2000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Foothills turned out to be just the ticket for planting the Mediterranean varieties that we love: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, and most recently, Touriga Naçional***. And just for good measure, we built a state-of-the-art, no-pumpover, four-level gravity-flow winery, with an open tank, stainless steel fermenters along with our own 300-foot barrel cave. So while we love to have fun, when it comes to wines, we mean business!
The name? That comes from a real 350-year-old California Blue Oak tree next to the crush pad. You can’t miss it!
I will leave it to you to choose which decisions were good and which were poor!
It’s not just for Port any more!
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I was excited when I got the email and shipping notification. I had recalled we had previously enjoyed a sampler from Twisted Oak when it was offered on Casemates. I don’t remember which bottles showed up but I do remember that they were consumed quickly!
I got the bottle a day early and let it rest in the wine fridge. As with all Twisted Oak wines it is packaged in a nice dark bottle with a funky label.
We had planned on cooking penne ala vodka with shrimp for dinner and despite the Spanish heritage of the Tempranillo we stuck with that plan. We felt that a deep, silky wine would pair well with a rich pasta dish and we were not disappointed. While we were cooking I poured the bottle into a decanter so it would open up. I also poured a glass to enjoy.
The first thing I noticed was the rich purple color. The wine simply looks like it has a lot of depth from first appearance.
This wine has a really pleasant nose. There is just a hint of alcohol followed with a rich scent of cherries and dried figs and perhaps a touch of cedar wood. It smells really good!
Upon tasting, I was happy this bottle found it’s way to my kitchen. It is full of flavor, I would almost call it jammy. At first taste came the tannins and they are immediately followed by cherries and raspberries. While dinner was cooking I finished the glass. When everything was ready we moved to the table and enjoyed the rest of the bottle with our pasta. It went well with our dish.
I should take a moment and comment on the rich, silky mouthfeel of this wine. It is a hallmark of Tempranillo and this bottle has it.
We enjoyed this one. At the price offered today, this is a bargain. If you enjoy fuller bodied wine I would jump on it because it does not disappoint.
I bought a previous vintage of this wine. (I think from the old site, but it may have been purchased elsewhere.) Either way, my wife and I enjoyed the wine.
Unfortunately I can’t find any of tasting notes on it, but my inclination here would be to buy some if I weren’t on a SIWBM. (The SIWBM is mandatory due to the fact that all of my temperature controlled storage is full, and I have six cases of wine just sitting in boxes in my basement. That’s okay for now, but in the heat of summer it could be a problem.)
@CorTot@funnywontons@rjquillin Here thar be wine! Payment goes to rjquillin. (Please send me either a copy or a link to the SS) funnywontons, last time we met at Atlantic Square, whisper some times that work for you and we’ll set it up. CorTot, unless there is a meet up sooner, maybe on the green? I’m open to suggestions. rjquillin, If you can’t get to me, I may be able to get your wine to Sparky or Klez if you will be visiting them and they are willing to hold it for you. LMK