A new cuvee that I absolutely loved from barrel last year, the 2012 Tempranillo La Paciencia Vineyard is brilliantly done and gives up a crazy bouquet of blackberries, black cherries, bouquet garni, roasted meats and dried violets. Full-bodied, seamless and elegant, with silky tannin and fabulous precision and length, it’s slightly more approachable than Cayuse’s Impulsivo, yet should still benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and evolve for 10-15 years after that. (JD)
This wine stops you in your tracks with its aromas of earth, peat, fire pit, tapenade and coffee. The flavors are outrageously rich, dense and textured, with a lightly tacky feel to the tannins and a hyperextended finish. It's a knockout. (SS)
Bright medium ruby. Sexy aromas of earthy purple berries and dark chocolate. Penetrating, inky purple fruit flavors convey lovely sweetness and terrific fruit intensity. Finishes firmly tannic and gripping, with serious tongue-dusting tannins and bright minerality. I can't recall having tasted a more characterful Tempranillo from Washington, with the exception of the Impulsivo bottling that Christophe Baron makes under his Cayuse label. Winemaker Elizabeth Bourcier suggests pairing this wine with a goat on a spit. (Needless to say, we do this all the time in our New York kitchen.) (ST)
Dark, dense and spicy, layering generous currant and plum flavors with black pepper, toast and smoky bacon notes, persisting on the harmonious finish against refined tannins. (HS)
Distinctive. Lots of concentrated flavour and brawn but so mouth-watering the wine still feels approachable. Inky dark, dusty palate. Nice tension throughout – energetic, taut, and focused. Deft tannins. Brawny restraint. (ECB)
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