Medium deep opaque red color with vivid violet rim. Aromatic nose with intense intermixed layers of red and black fruits, with underlying creamy notes and a exotic spicy hint. Soft, big, yet elegant mouth feel. Full body with superb balance and grip, and a long finish, carrying intense ripe fruit and complex flavors.
Blend: 50% Grenache 50% Tempranillo Region: Calatayud, Spain Artist: James Jean Designer: Beth Elliott Winemaker: Norrel Robertson Ships: Worldwide
Background The idea to use the bourbon barrels came over a dinner years ago that I shared with my buddy Julian Van Winkle at a Southern Foodways Alliance meeting at Blackberry Farm in 2001. It was simply an idea that came up in conversation. Hey, let’s do something together. What about putting wine in used Pappy barrels? Okay, I’ll send you some. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen old, used bourbon barrels, but they’re ugly. When the winemakers first saw the barrels, they flat out refused to put wine anywhere near them. But, eventually they did and the result was not only delicious but magical. The length of time in Van Winkle barrels varies depending on many variables: how many uses they’ve had, the wine, the year, the taste, the balance. There is no set formula but we know the wine we’re trying to create and use the barrels as much as needed to get it. We want the wine to have bourbon influence but still maintain it’s integrity as a fine wine. We don’t want a freaky bourbon wine. Bourbon is an element of complexity not a dominant element. At least that’s our aim. Many people who taste the wine and don’t know there is bourbon influence would not necessarily smell or taste bourbon in the wine. I like that. I’ve been making this wine since 2005 vintage so we’ve learned a huge amount about the use of these special barrels.