Barking Frog Winery 2012 Tempranillo, Washington, $32

By on May 12, 2014

Barking Frog Winery 2012 TempranilloCarlton seems to be a think tank for Willamette Valley winemakers adventurous enough to reach into Washington or Southern Oregon to source grapes in order to make wines of their choice. Ron Helbig finds much of the fruit for his bold red program in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley, and this Tempranillo fits that profile. Aromas of blueberry, cherry, chai spices and violets ply their way onto a palate that’s incredibly bold with sturdy tannins, racy acidity and a big pinch of spice. This is best laid down for five years or serve in the meantime with well-marbled meats.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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