Kennedy Shah Tempranillo Columbia Valley 2011

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Columbia Valley

Varietal   Tempranillo

Retail Price   $20

ABV   13.8%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, bright ruby red color.

Aromatics

The nose reveals a lush and juicy wine with loads of black and red fruits with violets, brown baking spices, and hints of vanilla.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a big and juicy fruit forward wine with ripe, sweet cherry and blackberry supported by hints of tart berries, and spice.

Intensity & Texture

Lush and decadent this wine is made for drinking today with great balance and soft, subtle tannins.

Cool Factor

A

Tempranillo is one of my favorite varietals and when it is done well by US growers I am always pleased.

Value Grade

B

At $20 a bottle it is in line with its peers.

Analysis

Made with 100% Tempranillo, a great Spanish varietal that has found a home in Washington's Columbia Valley benefiting from the sunny, warm days and long, cool nights.

How to Enjoy

Drink up, no need for cellaring this wine as it's ready to go. Serve with cured meats including the spicy varieties as this juicy red can take it.

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