10 Pacific Northwest Tempranillos to try today

by | Sep 1, 2013 | Featured wines, Idaho wine, News, Oregon wine, Washington wine | 0 comments

Raptor Ridge Winery 2011 Tempranillo, Oregon, $30

Oregon wineRaptor Ridge is near the northern Willamette Valley town of Newberg, but it reached into Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley for its Tempranillo grapes. This is Raptor Ridge’s first vintage using grapes from Folin Vineyard, a high-elevation site. The result is a delicious and robust red with aromas of charcoal, ripe cherry, black raspberry and black pepper. On the palate, it offers juicy flavors of pomegranate, Bing cherry, chocolate and slate. It’s a sturdy wine with ample tannin and acidity. This is available in the tasting room.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 144 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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