Salida Wine 2012 Tempranillo, Yakima Valley, $25
Washington’s original Rhône Ranger has shifted his focus to grape varieties famous on the Iberian Peninsula, and Doug McCrea targets Two Coyote Vineyard near Zillah for his Tempranillo, aka Tinto Roriz in Portugal. A wisp of hickory smoke leads into florals of rosemary and sage with fruit tones of Marionberry, dark plum and blueberry. The palate turns darker with black cherry and chocolate-covered blueberries, which are framed by moderate, yet polished tannins that make for delicious length. Suggested pairings include Tempranillo-infused chorizo, and these wines are available at the Salida Wine Bar in downtown Yelm.
Production: 448 cases