Tempranillo (pronounced tem-pra-NEE-yo) is the basis for the world-renowned Rioja wines of Central Spain. Many of California's wine-growing regions are too hot for this fickle grape which is prone to sunburn and bleaching, but the Kiler Vineyard, located atop a thousand foot hill on the west side of Paso Robles, enjoys similar climatic conditions to those found in the Iberian Mountains of La Rioja - cooler temperatures to maintain acidity, but warm enough to develop the sugars required for full flavor development. This vintage was aged for 18-months in French oak (46% new barrels), taming the beast within and permitting its unique characteristics to shine through. Dense and inky, it exhibits dark cherry, dusty chocolate, white pepper and leather notes, with a hint of sweetness to the aroma. It is deliciously approachable right now, but the balanced acidity and dryness from the tannins will permit this medium-bodied wine to mature in the bottle through 2028. Have fun pairing it with zesty BBQ fare, paella, Manchego cheese or a variety of Spanish tapas. Salud!