This 2015 Tempranillo is a superb example of the high quality wines that continue to be produced from grapes grown on Ann Kraemer's famed Shake Ridge Ranch. Medium-bodied and elegant, it is a savory wine with hints of smoke and leather and just the right touch of tannin. The result is a delicious and approachable wine now that should age gracefully for the better part of 10 years. Aged for 20 months in 10% new French oak. 210 cases produced.
In the fall of 2006, Evan Frazier, proprietor and winemaker of Ferdinand Wines, flew to France for his first harvest. He spent the next few months working in the small Roussillon village of Maury picking grapes, hauling boxes, processing fruit, and learning cellar work. The experience he had there with old vines, steep schist slopes, and of getting up to his elbows in fermentations convinced him to move to Napa to continue an apprenticeship in winemaking. Now, after working with wine for eight years and producing four vintages of his own wines, he still feels more like a student of wine than a winemaker.
Since 2008, Ferdinand proprietor and winemaker, Evan Frazier, has had the opportunity to work for the Kongsgaard family. With their encouragement and support, he started Ferdinand in 2010. Though his first experience in winemaking was in France, it was in the Cathar and Catalan country, just across the Pyrenees from Spain, so the grapes he worked with were Grenache and Carignan. Setting out to make his own wines, he looked again towards Spain and was fortunate to be introduced to two great growers of Spanish varieties. In Ferdinand's first vintage, Evan started with just one ton of Albariño from Markus Bokisch’s Vista Luna Vineyard. In 2011, he began to make Tempranillo with fruit from Ann Kraemer’s famed Shake Ridge Ranch. Evan is a rising star in the wine world and we're excited to offer his wines to you.More from this winery
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Wine seemed a little young. Hot and not a distinctive profile. We did not decant it as suggested as we didn’t see the suggestion until after pouring. Over 2 hours of it being opened, we didn’t see a noticeable difference in the profile.