2014 El Conquistador
El Conquistador is a blend of 70% Les Collines Vineyard Tempranillo, 26% Wallula Vineyard Mourvedre (block 81), and 4% Olsen Ranch Vineyard Clone 877 Syrah. El Conquistador is our chance to experiment with grape varieties that are not commonly blended together but still create a wine that is enjoyable!
The El Conquistador has a dark red hue with aromas of dried sweet cherries, leather, brown spices and tangerine peel. The wine is broad and expressive. The richness of the red fruit from the Mourvedre in the mid pallet plays nicely with the ripe and plentiful tannins of the Tempranillo. The El Conquistador is a masculine and intense wine. There is enough acidity to carry the wine well for excellent aging potential through at least 2024.
The Les Collines Vineyard is located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla and is a cooler vinyeard site which is perfect for an early ripening grape varietal like Tempranillo. It is truy a special site for Tempranillo. We picked the Tempranillo on October 3, the Wallula Mourvedre was picked on October 9, and the Olsen Ranch Syrah was picked on October 23. All the grapes were hand harvested and sorted and fermented by yeasts native to the vineyard. Only the free run wine was retained to enhance the elegance of the wine.
The Tempranillo was ages in one new French Oak barrel and 7 used French Oak barrels. The Mourvedre and Syrah were also aged in used French Oak prior to blending. The wines were aged sur lie for 18 months prior to bottling on February 26, 2016.
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|Varietal Composition||70% Tempranillo, 26% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah
|Residual Sugar||<0.5 g/liter
70% Les Collines Vineyard Tempranillo
26% Wallula Vineyard Block 81 Mourvedre
4% Olsen Ranch Vineyard Clone 877 Syrah
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