Tempranillo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
2014 had an early spring and a wonderful, long summer with cool nights to help maintain great acidity in the grapes. Going into the Fall, temperatures cooled down quite a bit throughout the state, and the fruit was able to hang for a long period of time before harvest. This combination allowed the wine to develop more complex flavors, while still maintaining the acidity to produce bright, focused wines. It picks up with blueberries, marinated fruit and slate rich soil.
A beautiful wine, with layers of cedary herbs, black cherries, currants, toasted spice and pencil lead, the 2014 El Jefe Tempranillo Stoneridge Vineyard hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an elegant, silky texture, plenty of concentration and a great finish. It’s just another incredible example of this variety coming from Washington.
The aromas are sweet and sappy, with notes of raspberry, herb, pipe tobacco and musk. The palate shows more restraint than the aromas might suggest, bringing a suave sense that carries through a finish that just won’t quit. It’s equal parts intrigue and delivery, bringing a lot of richness.