Tempranillo gaining in popularity across Northwest

By on January 8, 2018

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Vineyard Series Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope, $28

A product of Joshua Maloney’s second vintage at Milbrandt Vineyards, the primary source for this Tempranillo is Wahluke Slope Vineyard, a 150-acre site once owned by the Mielke family at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars in Spokane. The addition of Syrah (8%) and Grenache (1%) makes it an Iberian Peninsula-style blend, and the small amount of new French oak leads to aromas of plum, red currant, candied cherry and leather. It drinks akin to a young Cab as dark cherry, cola and dried oregano flavors stand out among nicely managed tannins. Suggested pairings include Roasted Tomato Soup.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 375 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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