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Tempranillo is a red grape found mainly in Spain where it is the principal grape in Rioja region wines. Tempranillo normally produces a ruby red wine with a medium aromatic profile and less tannin than many of the more common California red varietals.
Syrah is a Southern Rhone varietal often seen blended with its sister varietals to make up the famed Chateauneuf du Pape wines of France. Syrah is darker color than most reds and produces a spicier flavor profile greater aromatics and tannin than other wines of its region.
Grenache Blanc is another Southern Rhone grape. Grenache is the most commonly planted grape in Spain where it is called “Granacha”. Grenache is significantly lighter in color than Syrah. Its flavor profile is more modest, as is its nose. Grenache is often seen blended with other Rhone grapes, but there has an increasing trend in California and the world, to make it as a stand-alone varietal. Grenache Blanc or “White Grenache” is typically low in acid and often exhibits citrus notes on the palate and an herbal nose.
Hueneme Wine Company
The coop, a.k.a. Hueneme Wine Company, is still making wine for personal consumption. This year we made our first pinot noir. It’s a single clone from Kessler Hawke Vineyard in Santa Barbara’s sought after Santa Rita Hills. We also made a zinfandel from the famed Dusi Vineyard in Paso Robles, and Grenache from the Adelaida District in Paso Robles. Past wines have included Syrah from Tierra Alta vineyard, and Grenache, Syrah and Sangiovese from Javadi 5 Ranch on the East side of Paso Robles.
For fun, we’ve even been known to experiment with a bit of port and we even made a couple small lots of rose wine. Last year we even tried a new finishing technique where we aged our sangiovese in a used port barrel. The result was a unique wine with a light nose and taste of port but the drinkability of a table wine. Who knows what antics will be in store for us this year.