How does a Purple Cow stand out in a herd of cows? That’s easy, but how does a special Purple Cow stand out in a herd of Purple Cows? For this, the Purple Cow must be cloaked in black.
We planted the first experimental vines in 2003, expanded to 700 plants in 2006, and continued to plant more through 2010. We are now being rewarded for our care and stewardship with this release.
Our marquee Tempranillo is big, red, rich, smooth and estate-grown. The irony is most growers, vintners, and the powers that be at U.C. Davis do not believe it can be done successfully in the northern Willamette Valley.
2009 was a hot year for the vines which put quite a lot of stress on the young plants, but they endured the weather and produced some very ripe fruit. A well-executed fermentation, 3 years of barrel aging, followed by 9 more months of bottle aging and here we are.
The 2009 Estate kicks off with a “I’m big” rosewood coloring. It moves into a powerfully fruit-forward nose with a touch of oak and obvious maturity. The palate is dry, bold, and lingering.
Time in Barrel: 36 months (12 mo. Bottle Aging).
Estimated Peak: 2017