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2017 Oregon Tempranillo

2017 Oregon Tempranillo
2017 Oregon Tempranillo

"A difficult winter in Idaho became an opportunity to enjoy working with grapes from our Northwest neighbors. I have admired the Tempranillos made from the Fault Line Vineyard (Abacela Winery near Roseburg, Oregon, Umpqua Valley AVA) for as long as I've been interested in this variety. I had met the owner, Earl Jones, at several industry events and could tell that he is a scientist at heart. I suspected that if we could buy from him, we might learn a lot along the way. I called him and explained our crop loss and my interest in his grapes. Selling grapes is not something that Earl normally does but he agreed to sell some to me, only the second time he's sold grapes in 25 years from Faultline Vineyard. It is an honor to have been entrusted with these grapes and I hope that you enjoy this Oregon adventure!"

-Melanie Krause, Winemaker


Fault Line Vineyards
Tasting notes

This Southern Oregon version of Tempranillo strikes me for its power and age-worthiness. Huckleberry and nutmeg flavors are accompanied by a finish that drinks bold while young and has the strength to cellar for decades. Enjoy this with your friends for years to come!

Production notes

Hand harvested. Fermented in 1 ton bins with 3 punch-downs per day. Bladder pressed after an average 7 days of skin contact. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. 20 months of barrel aging in barrels of French, Hungarian and American origin. 50% new and 2nd year barrels, 50% neutral barrels. Bottled in June 2019.

Other notes

We suggest pairing this wine with time! And then... roasted meats!

When to drink: Decanting now and for the next 3 years will greatly assist this wine in opening up and expressing its flavors and aromas. We believe this wine has the strength to cellar for 2-3 decades! 


VARIETALS Tempranillo
WINE REGION Umpqua Valley
ACID 5.6 g/L
pH 4.0
CELLARING 20 Months in French, American & Hungarian Oak Barrels
ALCOHOL 14.8% abv
CLOSURE Traditional Cork
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AppellationUmpqua Valley AVA
VineyardFault Line Vineyards
Acid6.2 g/L
Aging20 months in oak
Residual Sugar0%
Volume750 ml
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