Argentine national Juan Pablo Valot first began making wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley during the peak seasons in the career of Juan Román Riquelme. Two decades later, Valot pays tribute to his favorite midfielder by branding his Tempranillo with the nickname for Riquelme, who also found fame in Spain’s La Liga. Valot’s go-to Rogue Valley site for Petite Sirah — Belmont Vineyard — also came into play for this Tempranillo. It opens with aromas of red fruit, dried herbs, cinnamon bark and crushed brick before transitioning to approachable flavors of Bing cherry and raspberry. Its long-lasting juiciness screams for tapas.
Production: 106 cases