Stina’s Cellars 2013 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope, $25
Washington’s warm Wahluke Slope nurtured the Tempranillo grapes for Stina’s Cellars in Lakewood, Wash., and the folks who live almost in the shadow of Mount Rainier crafted that fruit into a shining 2013 vintage that features aromas of bright cherries and spicy vanilla. In the mouth, those cherries pop with bright red acidity, then slide smoothly into blueberry skin, more spice and carefully managed tannins, a surprising feat for a young Tempranillo. This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
Production: 95 cases