2013 Willful Deflino Vineyard Tempranillo, 91 pts.

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2013 Willful Deflino Vineyard Tempranillo, 91 pts.

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91 points & "Editor's Choice," Wine Enthusiast
90 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous

After a visit to Rioja in 2013, we were compelled to make Tempranillo! With beautiful fruit from Delfino Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley, our version was fermented in small lots and trodden on daily with our (clean) feet, pressed it early to keep the tannins at bay, then aged it in French oak for fifteen months before bottling. This wine has lots of juicy fruit character but also balanced acidity and firm tannin grip. It is enjoyable now but should cellar well for at least ten years.

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90 POINTS

"Deep brilliant red. Fresh red berries dried flowers and a hint of cracked pepper on the incisive nose. Juicy and light on its feet offering gently sweet strawberry and rose pastille flavors braced by a spine of tangy acidity. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the persistent finish which features subtle herb and vanilla notes. This wine shows a very attractive delicate touch which sets it apart from the vast majority of New World Tempranillos of my experience."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous