10 Pacific Northwest Tempranillos to try today

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Camaraderie Cellars 2009 Tempranillo, Yakima Valley, $28

Camaraderie Cellars is in Port Angeles, Washington.This red Spanish variety has gained a small but solid foothold in recent years in the Pacific Northwest, and Washington is proving to be a great place to grow the robust grape. This wine from a longtime Port Angeles winery uses grapes from Two Coyote Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills and Crawford Vineyard near the Yakima Valley town of Prosser. It opens with aromas of juicy cherry, fresh cedar, vanilla bean and buttered toast. On the palate, it offers bold flavors of rich red cherry, pomegranate, plum and blackberry, all backed with assertive tannins.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 308 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%


About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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