emanuel tres “tinto” is a tribute to the old world wines of ribera del duero and rioja. 100% Tempranillo grown in the Santa Ynez Valley at Oak Savannah Vineyards, originally planted by “Rockford Files” star James Garner, the hillside vineyard faces the North amongst old growth oak trees and a natural pond providing cool temperatures in the summer and warmth in the winter.
The grapes are harvested at night, then crushed and de-stemmed before a cool fermentation in stainless steel using only native yeast with minimal adjustments of any kind. After 15 maceration, the wine is transferred into neutral oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and aging before bottling at 12 months.
The style of wine is modeled after the joven style wines in Spain, capturing the youth of the wine while then furthering the development of the wine in bottle.
Truly a “food wine” with berry, earth and spice, the tinto will age very well and pair with lamb, grilled vegetables and paella.
175 cases produced
• Emanuel Tres Tinto, Santa Ynez Valley 2013 ($20): Made entirely from tempranillo (a mainstay red variety in Spain), this is one of the few California examples. Verdad, Martian and Longoria are among the few local wineries that have been attracted to the grape. This version has a meaty, gamey, earthy nose coupled with deep, dark berry fruit. Fashioned after the tempranillos from Ribera del Duero, it exudes a youthful personality while, at the same time, has gained some gravitas from its time spent developing in the bottle. Dark plum and blueberry are the dominant fruit flavors aided by hints of saddle leather, brewed black tea, clove and cardamom. The flavors have great immediacy on mouth entry but also display a dark and moody aspect on midpalate that give it length and depth. A keeper.
Dennis Schaefer-Santa Barbara News-Press Sept 2016