2012 Duende Tempranillo Alexander Valley
It seems unlikely that a Cabernet producer from one of Alexander Valley’s oldest estates would venture into making niche varietal wines, but that is the intriguing story of Jake Hawkes and his Duende label.
While his ‘day job’ is making the estate Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay of his family’s Hawkes label, Jake’s wandering spirit drives him to play with other varieties that inspire him. The idea of Duende is to make affordable, interesting wines from whatever interesting fruit Jake comes across. Always limited in scale, Duende wines share an expression of soul or ‘duende’ that drives each wine.
Jake grew up around grape farming in his family estate, Hawkes Winery. Working with his dad for more than 2 decades, Jake honed his craft in the vineyards, where constant care and attention came naturally. “Staying close” became Jake’s mantra for winegrowing. His winemaking style shows respect for grape growing, do as little as possible.
Jake has always admired the finesse of the wines of Rioja and the Tempranillo grape - so much so that he grafted Tempranillo to some of his prized vines on Hawkes’ Red Winery Road estate. The style of the wine is more in tune with the bold fruit driven style of Ribera del Duero than the oak-driven wines of Rioja. The wine shows sunny red fruit with a plush velvety texture and soft tannins. It’s a subtle reference to Spain while it remains firmly rooted in California.
Deep ruby, highly perfumed aromas of red dried cherry, orange peel and tobacco. Long, complex and very well defined.
USA, California, Alexander Valley
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