2015 Gather Tempranillo ‘Shake Ridge Vineyard,’ Amador County, California (750 ml)

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Gather’s proprietor and winemaker Jessica Tarpy Shaheen’s food and wine journey began in her native New Orleans. After years of working in wine shops and restaurants, Jessica moved to California to study enology at Fresno State. She has since worked at various wineries from Leviathan and Favia in California to Klein Constantin in South Africa. Jessica and her husband, Andrew, opened Gather to create and explore wines made in California solely from Tempranillo. ‘Gather’ represents both an idea of friends and family gathering around wine and the crossroads of the arts and sciences that make wine so special. While Tempranillo is native to Spain, its flexibility in growing in both warm and cool climates means it is planted widely in many of the world’s wine regions. Shake Ridge Vineyard is located in Amador County in the Sierra Nevada, about 50 miles southeast of Sacramento. The vineyard is located at high altitude at the base of the Sierra Mountains. Hot days and cool nights allow the grapes to ripen fully while still maintaining refreshing acidity. The wine is a blend of 91% Tempranillo and 9% Graciano, which spent 18 months in French Oak following fermentation. Savory notes of dried herbs meet black cherry, black plum, and espresso on the nose and palate. Ripe, silky tannins, and bright acidity make for an easy-drinking Tempranillo. Only 6 barrels were produced, so if you enjoy it, make sure to order more soon!

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