This is our first vintage working with Tempranillo grapes which were supplied by our friends
Lloyd and Lois Piercy at Echo West Vineyards.
The historic growing region for Tempranillo is Spain where it is known as “Tinto”, “Rioja” or
“Ribera del Duero”. There has been a lot of recent success planting this grape in the Pacific
Northwest too. Here, the grapes seem to produce a more fruit forward wine which is more
approachable at a younger age than the Spanish counterparts. This is a wine paired best with
foods and specifically with meats, full flavored and spicy foods which all help to bring out the
spectrum of flavors of the wine.
We chose to age the wine in 100% American barrels for a full 2 years to bulk up the structure
and tannins as is typical for this grape. Higher end tempranillo wines from Spain are often not
released until 5 years from harvest as this is a wine well suited for long aging.