We haven't poured a Solea since the 2005 vintage, and I'm really excited that this blend is back on our list. Those of you who are long‐time club members will remember the round, smooth flavors of this blend after it spends a few years in the bottle.
When Solea was first produced in 2002 there were only about 5 or so acres of Graciano in California. We now have about 35 acres in production, with most of them around Lodi. These grapes are grown near Tres Pinos in San Benito County (just east of Monterey) where the nights are cooler than those in Lodi. I think the grapes have a more elegant and delicate flavor as a result.
This blend has distinct red cherry flavors and is a complex wine that has well‐structured tannins. Both the 2002 and the 2005 vintages aged extremely well, and my family finished our share of the 2005 during the 2014 holiday season. Even though the 2010 harvest produced wines of a much softer character, this wine should also age well. Serve with pork, veal, lamb, beef, rice dishes, pasta, veggie lasagna, grilled vegetables, and rich soups.
- Varietal Composition: 86% Tempranillo, 14% Graciano
- Appelation: Central Coast
- Vineyard: Santa Ana Valley Vineyard (San Benito County)
- Harvest Date: October 22 and November 5, 2010
- Time in Barrel: 27 months
- Bottling Date: February 1, 2013
- Alcohol: 13.9%
- Release Date: May 2014
- Production: 243 cases
- Fermentation: Cold maceration for 3 days; primary in open-top fermenters, secondary in barrel