Delfino Vineyards 2011 Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $25

By on March 19, 2014

delfino-vineyards-tempranillo-2011-labelJim Delfino took this crop of the robust Iberian variety off his Roseburg, Ore., estate at 22 brix, which explains the bright profile and low alcohol — two critical components to food-friendly reds. His use of French oak is undeniable because of the aromas of vanilla, coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate, but behind that are tones of black cherry, pomegranate and rosemary. It spills out across the palate with lively fruit flavors akin to raspberry, strawberry and Royal Anne cherry before the transition into bold tannins. The Delfinos suggest serving this with a rack of lamb and mint jelly at the ready.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 201 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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