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

By on July 17, 2016

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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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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