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2017 Washington Tempranillo

2017 Washington Tempranillo
2017 Washington Tempranillo

"A difficult winter in Idaho became an opportunity to enjoy working with grapes from our Northwest neighbors. Buying grapes from Washington feels natural to me not only because I learned to make wine there, but also because the climate and soils are the most similar to what we find in the Snake River Valley. Make sure you try all three of our 2017 Tri-State Tempranillos before they're gone... and grab a couple extra to "cellar!"

-Melanie Krause, Winemaker


I worked with one vineyard manager, Phil Cline, to source grapes from four interesting vineyards in and around the Naches Heights AVA, near Yakima, Wa. I chose this area because it has some of the highest elevation vineyards in Washington, which I thought would likely lead to similarities with our Snake River Valley grapes. Phil is a meticulous vineyard manager with an interest in understanding how grapes grow on different sites. He led us to some killer sites including a vineyard planted into cobblestones and a vineyard planted among sagebrush steppe. The vineyards we bought from were Mary Evyline, Conley, Greenwald, and Strand.

Tasting notes

This version of Tempranillo is a balace between intense fruit character and a rich mouthfeel: aromas of spiced plum and blackberry marry with the smooth texture of a tannic backbone that can be enjoyed now, and 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. 33% new and 2nd year barrels; 67% neutral barrels. Bottled in June 2019.


We suggest drinking this wine with anything off of the barbeque!

When to drink: During the first several years, decant for an hour & then enjoy. Drink now or age up to 15 years! 


VARIETALS Tempranillo
WINE REGION Columbia Valley
ACID 5.9 g/L
pH 3.88
CELLARING 20 Months in French, American & Hungarian Oak Barrels
ALCOHOL 14.5% abv
CLOSURE Traditional Cork
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AppellationNaches Heights AVA
VineyardSawtooth, Emerald Slopes
Acid6.2 g/L
Aging20 months in oak
Residual Sugar0%
Volume750 ml
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