We christened this wine Las Californias as a nod to the Golden States original birth name, when it was first colonized by Spain in the year 1768. For the label design we made use of a Spanish tile print and embossed it on a weathered gold metalized paper stock letting the simplicity of pattern, color and texture tell the story of this unique Rioja inspired California red blend. The front label artwork is a photograph of famous tiles that you can find surrounding the Baldosa de Bilbao in Spain. They were designed in a rosette shape so that their flower-shaped grooves would help drain rain. Sources date the initial manufacture of this tile to sometime between the 1920s and 1930s.
Tempranillo is best known as the dominant grape of red Rioja, Spain's most famous wine. This was a fun and exciting experiment for us to craft a California version of a Spanish Rioja blend. Lets face it, California doesn’t really need another Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend, so we decided to let Tempranillo play the part of Cabernet Sauvignon and provide the framework, backbone, structure and ageing ability, while the Graciano (loosely playing the part of Merlot) brings deep color and strong aromatics.
67% Tempranillo, 33% Graciano
100% Tank Fermented and Aged