Northwest Tempranillos gaining steam

by | Nov 6, 2016 | Destination wineries, News | 0 comments

Smasne Cellars 2012 Upland Vineyard Tempranillo, Snipes Mountain, $36

Perhaps only Upland vineyard owner/manager Todd Newhouse knows this portion of the Yakima Valley better than Robert Smasne, who works this warm site for several wineries – including his own. This grape that’s native to the Iberian Peninsula performs well on this hot and rocky mountain, revealing aromas of plum, wild strawberry and rhubarb pie with barrel toast, earthiness and charcuterie. The juice is quite approachable with dark blueberry and currants amid well-managed sandy tannins and rewarding acidity, a combination of remarkable balance.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 78 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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