Palencia Wine Co. 2013 El Viñador Tempranillo, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $40

By on February 22, 2016

palencia-wine-el-vinador-tempranillo-2013-labelOne of Victor Palencia’s most prized bottlings hails from La Familia Vineyard and servers as a tribute to his father – “The Vineyard Worker” — and his version with this early-ripening Spanish red in one of Washington’s cooler regions shows skill. Bright cherry and strawberry candy aromas include lots of blackberry, black olive, peppermint and freshly split cedar. There’s the expected quick greeting of frontal tannins on the palate as cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate fill in rapidly. The medium long finish carries hints of Douglas fir and cocoa powder. What began as a limited release for wine club now is available in Palencia’s Walla Walla tasting room, and it seems poised to become a dynamite wine starting in three years.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 75 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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