Bitner Vineyards 2014 Erletxe Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $35

By on November 28, 2017

Internationally renowned biologist Ron Bitner began with Chardonnay in the early 1980s then became inspired by Syrah when his research on the alfalfa leafcutter bee took him to Australia. Now, his passion is on the Spanish variety Tempranillo. His longtime friend Greg Koenig and Skyline Vineyard joined forces on this tier called Erletxe, Spanish for beehouse. Piquant tones of herbs and tobacco are joined by cordial cherry and red currant that lead to a structure of brawny tannins and pomegranate-cranberry acidity. Enjoy with Basque-inspired cuisine.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 155 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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