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Tempranillo, Yakima Valley

Tempranillo, Yakima Valley Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: A noble red varietal that originates from Spain and has very limited plantings in Washington state, Tempranillo seems to love our Yakima Valley’s high solar units, and long-warm growing season. The fruit was sourced from Elephant Mtn. Vineyard (80%), and Vin de Marcoux Vineyard (20%). Note the unusual violet red color and brilliance in the glass. In the nose it shows crushed blackberries and good aromatics. In the mouth one appreciates direct and focused red fruits that finishes with complex notes of earth, leather and molten chocolate. Generous balanced acids and an austere ripeness makes this a wonderful food wine. Try with goat cheese on rye crackers or with smoked salmon. PPW 9/05

Varietal Definition
The Tempranillo is to Rioja what Pinot Noir is to Burgundy. By far Spain's most noble indigenous grape it has similar characteristics to the Pinot - strawberries when young, earthy vegetal when mature - and it ages very well. It ripens early ('temprana' is the Spanish for 'early') is thick-skinned and gives good colour and extract but low alcohol and acidity. In Rioja it is blended with the more fiery Garnacha and a little Mazuelo and Graciano. It is grown throughout Spain but very much as a grape for blending as opposed to a straight varietal. Outside Spain the grape is quite prolific in Argentina and to a lesser extent in California.


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