Delfino Vineyards 2014 Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $26

By on October 7, 2016

delfino-vineyards-tempranillo-2014-labelJim and Terri Delfino farm their vineyard a short drive from famed Tempranillo producer Abacela, and this is another example of how the delicious Iberian variety has found a home in Southern Oregon. They’ve partnered with winemaker Denise Aaron on this rather hedonistic Temp built upon the shoulders of an all-French oak program with 25% new barrels, leading to aromas of brownie mix and toast with black currant, boysenberry, orange peel and concrete. Juicy acidity and managed tannins allow for an appreciation of black cherry, dried cranberry and dark blackberry flavors. Its send off with vanilla extract, pomegranate and plum should pair nicely with lamb, short ribs and stews.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 154 cases

Alcohol: 15.1%

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  1. April Mathews

    October 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I have had the privilege to partake of Ms. Aaron ‘ s previous vintages, they are always “Outstanding”! Her wines are by far my favorite!

  2. April Mathews

    October 11, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I have had the privilege of partaking of Ms Aaron’s previous vintages and they are always “Outstanding”!

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