Las Canovas bottle

Las Canovas

Tempranillo, 2014

This full-bodied red marks a return to one of our favorite high-elevation sites, the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard in California’s Sierra Madre Mountains. Previously, third-generation farmer Lino Bozzano grew for us the grapes that became one of our most popular reds. The warm, dry, sunny vineyard is ideal for Tempranillo as well. This wine has robust tannins and slightly higher alcohol content, both of which carry the floral and berry flavors—and won’t overpower food.

Profile

Las Canovas Tempranillo is a lighter, fresher approach to the Spanish style. It has oak flavor, but it isn’t so powerful as to overwhelm the cherry, berry and floral characters.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Garnet
APPEARANCE
Garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Raspberry
Cherry
Lavender
Lilac

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes -black pepper, clove and cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

TASTING TIP

Be sure to uncork this wine before you start cooking dinner. Half an hour of air exposure will help the floral aromas emerge.

A bold, fruity red with a spicy kick is always a great pairing for a burger. Fortune—and epicurean delight—favors the bold!

Chicken with red wine? Yes, when the dish has this much richness. A red with spicy complexity only adds to the enjoyment.

Where there's meaty goodness matched with spice, pour a red that has heft and spice of its own. Perfect pairing.

Pour a red with some heft and spice notes of its own to stand up to the beefy richness as well as the dish's kick of heat.

A harmonious duo: an earthy and spicy dish meets a fruity, smoky red.

Pork chops, marinated in citrus and earthy achiote paste, are complemented perfectly by this medium-bodied, fruity Tempranillo.

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More About The Wine

The Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard sits on a plateau that ranges from 2,800 to 3,200 feet above sea level. The warm sunshine and low annual rainfall force the vines to grow intensely flavored, concentrated grapes. The temperature drops by as much as 50 degrees at night, which slows down the ripening and preserves the grapes’ freshness.

DID YOU KNOW?

Red wines made from Tempranillo age extremely well. The López de Heredia winery in Spain often releases its Tempranillos after decades of maturing in the bottle.

  • VARIETY
    Tempranillo
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Santa Barbara County, California
  • OAK
    100% French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.1%
  • FARMING
    Certified Sustainable

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