Estate grown Tempranillo y Graciano, Ibarra-Young Vineyard, Los Olivos District AVA
Cariño is a coferment of the Pesquera Tempranillo and Graciano from the late 90’s plantings at Ibarra-Young. The Pesquera Tempranillo at Ibarra-Young is an own-rooted suitcase clone originating from Bodega Pesquera in Pesquera del Duero, Spain. I had never been inspired to make or seek Tempranillo until tending these vines for the last few years. These vines clearly want to be here! They grow easily and always win the beauty contest. Cariño translates to ‘darling’ in Spanish and speaks to the two varieties compliments to each other in bottle, awe!
Tempranillo is always the first to ripen at Ibarra-Young. We harvested 1.5 tons of this Pesquera clone with the help of some friends on a foggy morning to kick off our 2021 vintage. We drank Champagne and ate donuts and had a grand ol’ time. At the winery we processed the Tempranillo using about 60% whole cluster. Who does that?!? I’m loony. 10 days after the Tempranillo harvest, I picked a few rows of Graciano to destem on top of the Tempranillo ferment. Graciano adds the acid backbone to Cariño, something that Tempranillo doesn’t typically have on its own. After pressing in the basket press, Cariño aged in neutral French oak barrels until a month before bottling. The barrels were racked up to tank and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in July of 2022.
Tasting notes: A version of Tempranillo you’ve never tried before. Barely ripe blueberry tart with a nice little grippy finish!
Art: The mushrooms on the front label were painted by my lovely mother, Eileen Anderson. Fungal activity is a good sign of healthy soil in the vineyard. We are seeing more and more mushrooms growing on our vineyard floor as the years go on. Mushrooms are the fruiting body of underground fungal hyphae. Hyphae help break down nutrients into organic matter and help improve plant’s access to water. Fungus is absolutely essential to soil health for our plants. The psychedelic compost microbes on the back are painted by me! Their rainbow color palette isn’t exactly the way you see these organisms under the microscope, but it was way more fun to paint in rainbow. :) Protozoa, bacteria, fungal hyphae, organic matter, and (beneficial) nematodes are all really good signs of a productive and beneficial compost. All of these organisms (+OM) are found in our barrel compost that we use as our compost tea to spray our vineyard.
Ingredients: regenerative organic grapes managed holistically, minimal effective sulfites
93 cases produced