2019 Balboa

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2019 Balboa
2019 Balboa

Wine Maker Comments:

The Tempranilllo used in this lot was grown on the highest terrace of the estate. This elevated, flat acre of land shows the most decomposed limestone on the property and has perfect exposure for ripening the variety. I usually compare Paso Robles Tempranillo to the Ribera del Duero region of Spain, however, this particular batch really takes on the dusty, chewy, slightly herbaceous character of the Rioja. 


This Tempranillo lot was picked early in the morning to keep the fruit cool for processing. A quarter of the fruit was placed into small open top fermenters whole cluster while the rest was destemmed on top. The ferments were punched down 2-3 times per day. 15% of the juice volume was bled off in order to concentrate the varietal intensity of the flavors and tannins from the Tempranillo skins. The lot was fermented and macerated on skins for a total of 18 days prior to being pressed and barreled down.

Jeff Strekas

Soil Type:
Rolling alluvial terraces with decomposed limestone deposits along its slopes.

Varietal Composition100% Tempranillo
VineyardSea Shell Cellars
Harvest Date09/12/2019
AgingThe Tempranillo was aged for 19 months in a mixture of 500L puncheons and 225L barriques all of which were French oak (~20% new).
Residual Sugar0
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced256
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