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Tempranillo, 2010. Opolo
Item # C0714R2DC

Tempranillo, 2010. Opolo

Vintage: 2010
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vineyard/Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Color: Medium magenta
Nose: Blackberry, cinnamon, earth and cocoa
Palate: Hints of earth, leather and spice
Finish: Wonderful spice cherry and vanilla
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016/Alcohol - 14.7%
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They say good fences make good neighbors but it was a love of wine and winemaking that was the entr?e between Opolo owners. Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols have been neighbors since 1997 when Nichols bought vineyard property adjoining Quinn's. Together they now own about 280 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, about 200 acres on the Eastside and 80 on the Westside. The Westside vineyards are in the Adelaide hills, producing wines such as Pinot Noir and Sangiovese, while the Eastside properties produce varietals such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Quinn grew up in Duluth, in an Italian, Serbian and Croatian neighborhood. The families would make wine from grapes ordered from California that would be delivered in a boxcar. They didn't have any of this 'pick in the early morning and crush a couple of hours later.' By the time they got the grapes they were already fermenting.

The name Opolo is a nod to Quinn's Yugoslavian heritage and is actually the name of a blended rose-style wine found on the Dalmatian Coast. However, Quinn and Nichols have no plans to actually produce that wine, so we'll have to be content to just enjoy the name on the label.

Quinn moved to California in 1979 and continued to pursue his love of wine and winemaking. He began to source grapes from quality growers, such as Fratelli Perata in Paso Robles. Though the impetus for buying that first parcel of vineyard was having grapes for his own winemaking, Quinn has always sold the vast majority of his crop to other labels. Quinn's and Nichols' vineyards sell fruit to quality labels such as Hess Collection, St Supery, Harrison Vineyards, Wild Horse, Castoro Cellars and Fetzer.

Tempranillo is the great grape of Spain and has found its calling in California. It is extremely versatile and relatively easy to grow. It never seems to lose its spice and smoked components. Our Tempranillo presents a nose with flavors of raspberry, spice and cocoa and then transitions into darker more luscious boysenberry and blackberry fruit. The palate shows background vanilla notes with hints of licorice and velvety cocoa with spicy overtones throughout. Finishes long and rich. Screams out for a pork tenderloin in a mustard and tarragon sauce.

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