The Umpqua Valley is carving out a reputation for producing many of America's finest Tempranillos. Here's one to add to your list. Plummy, bloody and meaty, it captures the essence of this Spanish grape. The cherry pastry core is cloaked in smoke and dotted with white pepper. The finish has an appealing, softly leathery grip.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.