A wine that will leave you mostly dead! A Rioja-style blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha.
Made at Twisted Oak by Winemakers of Unusual Size, this swashbuckling Calaveras blend is so big you’ll need six fingers to hold the bottle. It’s inconceivable that one could resist these aromas and flavors as big as Fezzik himself. Share it with your special Buttercup, a Gentle Giant, or the entire Kingdom… as you wish.
Pair with meat! If you don’t ever drink this with lamb, you’re not livin’ right! Well-marbled beef by itself, or lean cuts of beef with rich sauces. How about a Spanish Paprika rubbed Ribeye topped with Applewood smoked bacon and Cabrale Spanish Blue? How about it?
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
All Twisted Oak Vineyards! 53% Tempranillo, Spaniard block 28% Graciano, Willow block 19% Garnacha, Colina Roja block.
Varietal Blend: Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha
Appellation: Calaveras County
Barrel Aging: 30% new French, American, and Hungarian oak; 70% neutral oak
We’re often asked what the background of Twisted Oak is, to which we invariably reply, “The Sierra Nevada, of course!” If we are pressed further, we are forced to admit that Twisted Oak Winery is the culmination of a delusion, er, vision by Jeff and Mary Stai. The vision was of a terroir based winery making superior, hand crafted, yummy wines, and then having more Twisted fun than anyone in the industry selling them.
Jeff and Mary found 120 acres just outside Murphys in the Sierra Foothills at nearly 2000 feet elevation. It is there that they planted 10 acres of vineyards in Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano, and Garnacha to take advantage of the continental Mediterranean soil types and climate. It is on top of this property, with an amazing view of the Sierras, where the state-of-the-art, no-pumpover, four-level gravity flow winery was built. When completed in 2004 it included open tank, stainless steel fermenters along with our own 300-foot barrel cave. This is all under the watchful eye of a 350 year old California Blue Oak tree that not only is our namesake, but also adorns every Twisted Oak bottle.
Jeff and Mary work closely with winemaker Scott Klann in crafting the Twisted Oak wines. Scott has been in the wine making business over 15 years. Scott’s knowledge of what works best is unmatched in the area (it doesn’t hurt that he was raised in Murphys.) Scott’s experience and personal relationships with the growers in Calaveras County allows Twisted Oak Winery to purchase the best fruit from these outstanding vineyards to complement our estate grape programs. Whatever the formula Jeff, Mary and Scott, have devised for Twisted Oak, it has been validated by the hundreds of consumers that buy us out of wine each and every year. Twisted Oak Winery has also received accolades by publications and competitions which have graced us with many scores of 90 or above. We think the Wine Enthusiast put it best “The gang at Twisted Oak Winery are taking winemaking in this area to the next level…” Cheers! And always, keep it Twisted! Twisted Oak Winery!
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My roommate/friend @cdoyle and I, on an excessively hot day, sat down with our rat bottle over the course of the evening. I am more a white wine drinker, with a preference towards softer tannins. @Cdoyle is more of a red drinker, but also fond of softer tannins. He likes things more acidic and forward than I often do, but we often overlap in tastes. Neither of us are super refined in our wine tastes, but we’re total food nerds, so we tried to approach it in that way.
Initial thought on opening- @cdoyle thought it tasted like a Grenache. I thought so as well, it’s more jammy than I expected on a tempranillo. The alcohol note is a bit too strong for my tastes. It reminded me at this point of the Scott Harvey Zinfandel from back in March.
We let it sit for about an hour and change while we debated if we felt like going back out to get something that would go with this for dinner. We decided to stick to our original plan and had a bit more wine to see if it’d smoothed out. @Cdoyle said it had a pomegranate tang, less alcohol forward. I agreed, and picked up a bit of a cherry roundness. We decided to switch to something else for the night, as this would not have gone well with the shredded Brussel sprout/ tomato/bacon deconstructed BLT type salad we were having for dinner.
After letting it sit overnight, and then running around the Italian Market for the day, we pulled the remainder of the bottle out of the fridge. After finishing opening, and being still slightly chilled, it tasted more like we expected out of a tempranillo. The alcohol edge settled down and the fruity flavors came more forward. It held up well to the lamb burgers we had for dinner, without getting too tannic. We definitely liked it better once it’d fully opened. It had the smoothness of the Apriori Pinot Noir or Onesta Cinsault, but with slightly more tannins.
This is the kind of red wine I’d suggest a chardonnay fan would enjoy. If you’re a white drinker who likes an oaked chardonnay, open this a day ahead, chill it, and it’d be a good gateway to reds for you. If you’re a red fan, let it air an hour or two, and it’s a safe bet. Before I see the price, knowing nothing of this winery, I would guesstimate this at around $18.
(ETA-Well, that was about right for the case price! Alas, not shippable to me, glad I got to rat it anyway!)
After looking up the winery, I see several others I’d potentially like to try too, though their website doesn’t apparently ship to PA, sadly. I’ll have to hope they show up on here as shippable!
Thank you for letting me Rat, I always wanted to do that and was too shy in the ww days to ever ask!
@dgbickle I don’t include freight because many users are VMPs who do not pay for shipping. Another variable is that there are plans to offer optional enhanced summer shipping for an additional fee although that has not been finalized.
But you are correct that there was an error in my math for this offer. The correct additional discount % is 34.36%. Thank you for pointing it out.
@kainc Shoot, I’m not entirely sure. I am a big TO fan and SWMBO and I are part of their wine club. I have a few 2012 bottles averaging over $30 per bottle and my 2013’s are averaging over $20. Under $20 at the case price is an easy auto buy for us.
It would figure FedEx had a rare botched delivery to me. I just received my little Rat Spanaird last night after work. On one hand, most of us probably don’t need a report. It’s Twisted Oak, its Spanaird. A perennial wine.woot favorite for 12 or more years. It’s $17.50 a bottle which is ridiculously inexpensive for this wine. I’m buying a case. On the other hand, the one with 6 fingers, I needed to drink some wine. So I opened the guy up and enjoyed.
The color is dark. Clear purple. I’m a leg man, set the glass down and 30 seconds later, long beautiful legs like front row at a Victoria Secret runway show. The nose was nothing but good stuff. I could stare at a wine wheel forever and not pick out smells very well. But nothing off or bad at all, just nice dark muted fruit. Didn’t even get alcohol until a half hour later.
The taste to me has always been a wonderful mix of tempernillo and garnacha. Neither of which I truly love on their own. I have never had the graciano by itself but it must certainly help too. There is dark fruit, cherries I guess. I’ve never had a black currant but if I did, I’d bet it tastes like this Little bit of spice and some wood near the finish. Not oak, cedar, just a bit. Gave it one of those good old wine snobby swishes in the mouth and definitely got some more spice and dryness.
Complex and balanced. There are a lot great things going on with nothing over powering the other. Certainly a big wine for meat etc. Sorry, that’s all for now unfortunately I have to get back to work.
I was a wooter back in the day, and have seen discussions about the legendary Spaniard. Though my wife and I love Tempranillo (and my wife adores granache) we are on a very limited budget, and never quite were able to pull the trigger. I was so sad to pass on that deal a couple months ago. Now, I see this.
The price has to be a mistake. I have seen in the past that ‘these people’ make good on their mistakes. I thought, this was my chance. Will I ever see this again at this price? So I pulled the trigger, even though I’ve been ‘saving up’ my wine budget for a coming weekend get-away that takes us near a fantastic wine store (Café and Shoppes, Woodstock VA) and some great local wineries.
Sorry Casemates, to take advantage of your pricing mistake before you fix it. But I’m poor and desperate and my wife loves Rioja. You got my money. No take-backs! Thank you Jefe! Finally, the Spaniard is mine. Muahahahaha!
Just checking in… For anyone wondering about the pricing, it’s partly “bidness” and partly a thank you to everyone in Casemates-land. With the 2014 in the bottle ready to release it was time to get the 2013 out of the way and into people’s glasses, and we decided to make it happen here. Let me know if I can answer anything and thanks for all the support! - el jefe
@javadrinker Ryan has his own brand - like almost all winemakers seem to - and I was already a fan. It was a happy coincidence that he was ready to move on from his previous day job just when our previous winemaker was ready to slow down and retire. I think the future looks pretty good!
@mrn1@pjmartin@shrimp74 It was @thinksno16 who pulled the trigger on the WineSmith Cab Franc. Looking back at the product thread, people are receiving their deliveries about now. Hopefully he (or she) will resurface soon to work out the splits.
In the meantime, I just picked up the Stillman Brown case yesterday for those who were in on that deal.
@melrod333 I mean, right now it is delicious. But if you’re full of reds, you can store this for a while in my opinion. I drank a 2007 about a year ago and it was still very good. And eljefe still likes the 05. Go for it, have a big party and serve up those lesser reds you’ve stocked up on so you can get to the good stuff like this haha.
I’ve got a few I’d like to get from the east to the west, but they don’t ship in a reefer truck at no additional cost to cross that wall of heat death like @winedavid49 does. Even so, there are still the semi-local issues to contend with.
I know that many were not happy with summer shipping the last few years of WW, but all my purchases were shipped 2 day air in styro and usually delivered in <36 hours frm CA to FL. That worked for me.
@Winedavid49 can you confirm that summer shipping to FL will be the same here?
@pseudogourmet98@rjquillin@Winedavid49 For me in Chicago area past practice has been reefer to St Louis then standard shipping north. Not a good recipe. Correct, summer is difficult. Best practice is to avoid it.
It makes no sense to me. It should be able to send to each account at the same time at midnight EST. When I get the email I delete it as I’ve already gone to check out the selection. Since the offer lasts 2 days minimum I’m not sure why they don’t just alert us all early and at the right time…
As has been mentioned before, the notice is delayed so there can be come discussion, and, hopefully, rats have reported in…
We’ve not, yet, had a sell-out in those first 24 hours. If/when that starts happening that delayed notice will become an issue for those with disposable cash and available storage volume that can’t remember when rollover is.
I waffled back and forth on this one. I don’t really need a case, but the case price is so damn good, plus it’s the Spaniard and… Well. Ordered a case, canceled the order, then came to my senses and ordered a case again.
In short, if anyone in San Diego wants some (aside from the case @rjquillin already bought), I’m willing to part with a few, but yeah. Had to get some more.
@Gunn_showw@tklivory Do I need to grab an additional case!? How much more additional interest is there. Looks like 3~6 plus 2, so, 8 of 12.
Almost that additional case.
Gunn_showw, do you have free ship?
@rjquillin@tklivory I’m in 92110 bay park (south of clairemont). If someone else can add another case or half, I would go in for 3-6. But we are selling our house so don’t have time or room to receive shipping and store a case waiting to parcel out. LMK guys… would love to grab a couple of these!!
I may be in the minority here and dont mean to rain on El Jefe’s parade but not feeling the 13 Spaniard hype. Yes, it’s good, but not cult good. I went in on the previous TO offer a few months back and popped open the 13 Spaniard last night, recorked, and polishing off the bottle now.
I had the '12 a year or two ago and loved the dark fruit, body, and gripping tannins. The '13 has almost none existent tannins but what I cannot shake off is the heat I am getting on the finish. Still present tonight. I just feel the alcohol got away and gets in the way of the fruit.
In sum, the $18 per bottle is reasonable and would go in for a few at that price. The $49 winery price is way too high imo.