This thing keeps popping up on lists and I have been meaning to try it. Finally got around to a glass and it all makes sense. One sniff and everything comes perfectly into focus why this seems to be the new BTG alter-boy in the area. And having a conversation at the table with my girlfriend while writing this. It’s that serious of a wine.
Absolutely the most lush yummy wine I have had since… well… recent memory escapes me. Closest I can think of was the 1998 Maddelena Paso cab. It is very hard to convince oneself this is an earthy, fairly robust Spanish grape typically with a bit of funk and basically an obscure variety in California. They have definitely turned this into the cheese-plate winner. The Central Coast Cheerleaders and Ladies Who Lunch will be lining up in droves behind this thing.
There is enough oak to choke a beaver. Massive waves of it come blasting out of the glass even before you notice how dense and fairly extracted this particular Tempranillo is. A bit of acid lurking in the finish with the supple peppery tannin, but the front-and-center show-stopper is the gigantic oak obscuring everything else except just a bit of the huge round jammy fruit, which is rich, over-ripe plum headed towards *prune*.
The ‘perceived sweetness’ of this thing is undeniable. Blind, I would never guess Tempranillo. Liquid Smoke®-drenched Merlot with a splash of Franc maybe. Just vapid and bland if you are expecting anything other than oak-drenched pancake syrup. Have a lollipop instead.
2012 FILIPONI RANCH Tempranillo ‘Cronologie’ California 14.1