“One of the greatest blessings of being a winemaker in the Snake River Valley is working with Tempranillo, as this grape was born to live in our hot, high elevation desert.  As you enjoy our version of this Spanish classic, you’ll be drinking in the beauty of life in Idaho. “

                                                              -Melanie Krause, Winemaker

The Vintage

The 2015 vintage was not only our 10th anniversary harvest, but also Idaho’s 2nd hottest year on record. This resulted in an early harvest for this milestone vintage, with our first fruit coming into the winery the last week of August, and getting our average heat accumulation to 3405. The Snake River Valley started cooling off around mid-September, which helped develop flavors. Yields were small due to a 2014 November freeze, and cold weather during bud-break in April. We can certainly say that Mother Nature threw us a curveball of conditions as the growing season presented itself quicker, with budbreak in early to mid-April, gradual warming in May with temperature spikes in June. July and August were relatively tame, before cooling off to the 70’s and 80’s for September and October. These conditions created highly aromatic whites, and mature, flavorful reds. Mother Nature gave us a few grey hairs in 2015 but what she served us in the end was worth it!

Tasting Notes

Warm sweet notes in the aromas such as cherry and vanilla-spiced applewood. The flavors have a hint of olive with a touch of huckleberry and plum. In the mouth, the wine is rich and textured and it finishes with lively acid and tannins.

Production Notes

Hand harvested. Fermented in 1 ton bins with 3 punch-downs per day. 10% of batches native yeast fermentation. Bladder pressed after an average 7 days of skin contact. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. 20 months of barrel aging in 2nd and 3rd use barrels of French and American origin, 30% new. Bottled in June 2017.

The Vineyards

Sawtooth, Two Coyotes

Pairing suggestions

We love this wine with roasted meats – frankly, anything you cook over an open flame will pair really well with this Tempranillo.  Think BBQ spare ribs or Korean BBQ….just get your food over the fire and open this bottle!

When to Drink

During the first year, decant for an hour and then enjoy.  While approachable early in its life, this wine will continue to evolve beautifully over the next 5-25 years.

Awards

2014- Double Gold- Cascadia Wine Competition

2014- Platinum Award- Wine Press Northwest Best of the Best

 


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