Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Winemaker’s Reserve Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $39

By on November 20, 2017

As much as Stephen Reustle is praised for his groundbreaking work in the U.S. with Grüner Veltliner, he’s actually got more Tempranillo in the ground across his 200-acre estate near Roseburg, Ore., than any other variety. He began planting those 6 acres of vines in 2002 at his Romancing Rock Vineyard. He grew his Tempranillo reserve program by 25 percent for the 2015 vintage, and there’s spiciness to the aromas of teriyaki beef jerky, cola, plum and cedar. It’s a big wine with broad shoulders as black cherry and pink strawberry flavors include Earl Grey tea and vibrant acidity. While it is built for the cellar, the Reustles enjoy it now with grilled lamb, quail and Manchego cheese.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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