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Even if you can’t pronounce it, bright aromas and flavors of blueberries, chocolate, pepper, and allspice are certain to make your mouth happy. This Carignane comes from the Tanner vineyard directly across highway 4 from the winery. This is just the second year Twisted Oak has harvested any significant fruit from this block. At veraison, they thinned the fruit on this block down to approximately 3.5 tons/acre to concentrate the typical bright fruit characters of Carignane.
Food Pairings: Bunnies and chicks! Quail, game hens, or even good old chicken rabbit - or really any grilled meats or veggies
2009 Calaveras County Petite Sirah 750ml
Massive aromas of cherries and blueberries, with touches of black pepper - along with humongous jammy flavors of black cherry cola and leather - leading to a ginormous finish of semisweet chocolate.
Food Pairings: Steak and Eggs! any grilled meat, even SPAM! or bacon... mmmm, bacon... and of course french toast and custard donuts... mmmm, donuts... Or how about a big fat ribeye steak. And a sauce for that? Try a reduction with finely chopped shallots and carrot, a sprig’s worth of rosemary, and a little lavender or dried Herbs du Provence.
2009 Tanner Vineyard Syrah 750ml
The Tanner Vineyard Syrah has the classic heavy mettle of Calaveras Syrah that Led Twisted Oak to go to California and to make wine here. Sweet aromas of cherries & strawberries are sure to leave you Dazed and Confused. Twisted Oak also expects you will have a Whole Lotta Love for the big cherry and strawberry flavors. Deep earthy undertones Bring It On Home for a nice finish. Twisted Oak could Ramble On about this Heartbreaker of a wine, but they don’t want to end up swinging from the Gallows Pole.
Food pairings: Carnivore Joy! Any steak, plain or swimming in a big rich sauce! For example: Top Sirloin topped with Dungeness Crab, Porcini Mushrooms, and Gorgonzola cream sauce. And of course cheeses. Stinky stinky cheeses.
Jeff (“El Jefe”) from Twisted Oak presents the wines in today’s offer – all from the Tanner Vineyard – and describes how the vineyard makes the wines special.
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2010 Calaveras County Carignane 750ml
Varietals & Vineyards: 100% Carignane from the Tanner Vineyard
Harvest Date: October 13th, 2010
Oak Program: 33% New French and American oak, 67% Neutral oak
Production: 75 cases
Brix at harvest: 24.0
Age before bottling: 21 months
At the winery, the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed tinto open-top fermenters. They fermented quickly over a period of10 days. The cap was punched down 3 times a day during the early part of fermentation, reducing to twice a day in later stages. Just before the completion of fermentation, the must was pressed and then racked into barrels for secondary fermentation. The wine was racked two more times and then bottled unfined and with one light filtration.
2009 Calaveras County Petite Sirah 750ml
Varietals & Vineyards: 100% Petite Sirah from Tanner Vineyard
Harvest Date: October 11th, 2009
Oak Program: 30% new French, Hungarian, & American oak, 70% neutral oak
Production: 500 cases
Brix at harvest: 24.7
Age before bottling: 30 months
Tanner Vineyard right in their valley. The vineyard has a gentle south-facing slope with very shallow soils and great (sometimes too great) drainage. This allows better control of the irrigation, although with soils this shallow, they are often giving this vineyard much more water than other Calaveras sites.
Upon reaching the winery, the fruit was crushed leaving roughly 30% of the berries uncrushed and intact. After a brief 48 hour cold-soak on the skins, the fermentation was started. The skins were punched down 4 times daily in the earlier stages of fermentation, reducing to 2 times per day in the latter stages. The fresh wine was pressed off of the skins prior to the completion of fermentation and finished out the ferment in 30% new oak and 70% neutral oak casks. The wine aged in barrel before being racked out and prepared for bottling with no fining and minimal filtering.
2009 Tanner Vineyard Syrah 750ml
Varietals & Vineyards: 100% Syrah from Tanner Vineyards, Calaveras County - Baby!
Harvest Date: September 30th, 2009
Oak Program:30% new French, Hungarian & American oak, 70% neutral oak
Production: 180 cases
Brix at harvest: 26.0
Age before bottling: 32 months
This Syrah comes from the Tanner Vineyard right in their valley. The vineyard has a gentle south-facing slope with very shallow soils and great (sometimes too great) drainage. This allows better control of the irrigation, although with soils this shallow, they are often giving this vineyard much more water than other Calaveras sites.
At the winery, the grapes were destemmed into open topped tanks for fermentation, where they gently punched down the cap three times a day. At the end of fermentation, this Syrah was put to barrels in our 300 foot long barrel. The wine was aged in French, American and Hungarian Oak barrels for complexity and to soften the tannins.
Twisted Oak Winery
Jeff and Mary Stai
We’re often asked what the background of Twisted Oak is, to which we invariably reply, “The Sierra Nevada, of course!” If we are pressed further, we are forced to admit that Twisted Oak Winery is the culmination of a delusion, er, vision by Jeff and Mary Stai. The vision was of a terroir based winery making superior, hand crafted, yummy wines, and then having more Twisted fun than anyone in the industry selling them.
Jeff and Mary found 120 acres just outside Murphys in the Sierra Foothills at nearly 2000 feet elevation. It is there that they planted 10 acres of vineyards in Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano, and Garnacha to take advantage of the continental Mediterranean soil types and climate. It is on top of this property, with an amazing view of the Sierras, where the state-of-the-art, no-pumpover, four-level gravity flow winery was built. When completed in 2004 it included open tank, stainless steel fermenters along with our own 300-foot barrel cave. This is all under the watchful eye of a 350 year old California Blue Oak tree that not only is our namesake, but also adorns every Twisted Oak bottle.
Jeff and Mary work closely with winemaker Scott Klann in crafting the Twisted Oak wines. Scott has been in the wine making business over 15 years. Scott’s knowledge of what works best is unmatched in the area (it doesn’t hurt that he was raised in Murphys.) Scott’s experience and personal relationships with the growers in Calaveras County allows Twisted Oak Winery to purchase the best fruit from these outstanding vineyards to complement our estate grape programs. Whatever the formula Jeff, Mary and Scott, have devised for Twisted Oak, it has been validated by the hundreds of consumers that buy us out of wine each and every year. Twisted Oak Winery has also received accolades by publications and competitions which have graced us with many scores of 90 or above. We think the Wine Enthusiast put it best “The gang at Twisted Oak Winery are taking winemaking in this area to the next level…” Cheers! And always, keep it Twisted! Twisted Oak Winery!
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