Appellation: Umpqua Valley
Inspired by the pioneering work at nearby Abacela, Jim and Terry Delfino made Tempranillo one of the seven varieties they planted across their 18 acres in Roseburg, Ore. Ashland winemaker Linda Donovan works with them on their juice, and they’ve created a robust red wine that’s balanced in every direction. The theme of dusty cherry, blackberry, loganberry, light toast and allspice comes with fine-grained tannins that build gradually with boysenberry acidity and a savory finish of black olive. Rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine. (13.1 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 186
Food pairings: Try this with lamb, as well as a rare New York strip.
Delfino Vineyards, 3829 Colonial Road, Roseburg, Ore. 541-673-7575, www.delfinovineyards.com.