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west-of-temperance-winery - 2013 Aglianico - West of Temperance Winery - Wine
west-of-temperance-winery - 2013 Aglianico - West of Temperance Winery - Wine
west-of-temperance-winery - 2013 Aglianico - West of Temperance Winery - Wine

2013 Aglianico

West of Temperance Winery

Regular price $48.00 Sale

Approachable, lively and exciting now, this vintage also offers wonderful aging potential.

Powerful and smooth with a tame tannic backbone. Hints of Morello cherry skins give way to black licorice on the palate.

Drink now or hold.

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VINTAGE / VARIETAL: 2013 Aglianico

AGLIANICO: “Aglianico” (pronounced roughly “ahl-YAH-nee-koe”) is a black grape grown mostly in Basilicata and Campania / southern Italy. 

VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Aglianico

HARVEST DATE: November 2nd, 2013 (Taniguchi Vineyards) October 23rd, 2013 (Heringer Estates Vineyard)

GRAPE SOURCING: Taniguchi Vineyards, Fresno County, Fowler (Madera AVA), California and Heringer Estates Family Vineyards, Yolo County, Clarksburg, California.

VITICULTURAL AREA: Taniguchi Vineyard: Fresno County, Fowler (Madera AVA). Heringer Estates Vineyards:  Clarksburg, Yolo County, California.

VINEYARD SITE:

* Taniguchi Vineyard: 1 acre of 90-year-old Thompson vines grafted over to Aglianico in 2008. Aglianico yields from Taniguchi Vineyard is approximately 1 ton per year.

*Heringer Estates Family Vineyards: small yields of Aglianico harvested from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California.

SOIL TYPE: Delhi Sandy Loam, Hesperia Sandy Loam (Taniguchi) Alluvial Sediment (Heringer)

CLONAL SELECTION: VCR 7 Grottaminarda, Italy and VCR 2 Grottaminarda, Italy

VINEYARD MANAGEMENT: Earl Taniguchi, Taniguchi Vineyards. Steve Heringer, Heringer Estates Family Vineyards.

JUICE ANALYSIS AT HARVEST: 26 Brix, ph 3.67 (Taniguchi) 23.5 Brix, ph 3.40 (Heringer)

ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14.4%

BOTTLING DATE: March 2015

AGEABILITY (estimated): Through 2028

OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW (estimated): Now through 2024

TOTAL PRODUCTION: 160 cases

WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Taniguchi Vineyard: Destemmed, fermented in 1 ton open top fermenters. Heringer Estates Vinyard: 30% whole cluster fermentation and 70% destemmed. Both wines aged in 100% neutral French oak barrels.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: This wine may exhibit tartrate crystals (sometimes referred to as “wine diamonds”) in bottle neck / on cork. This is a natural occurrence which shows the wine to have been minimally handled in the cellar. This wine loves aeration. Decant at least one hour before serving.

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Fact Sheet (PDF)

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Reviews:

91 Points Cellar Tracker

92 Points Purely Domestic Wine Report Volume 5.4

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