Bottling at Woodhouse Family Cellars is something I help out with every once in a while and it has its benefits. When Bean found out I was helping out at Woodhouse Family Cellars she said that I must get my hands on some of their Kennedy Shah Reserve Tempranillo. It was one of the wines that haunted her last autumn. So, I did!


Paella and Kennedy Shah Reserve Tempranillo

This claret colored Washington wine is produced with grapes from Rattle Snake Hills AVA. The beautiful nose on this Tempranillo made quite an impression on me, offering tobacco at first then raisin. On its own, this Washington wine initially left the impression of pepper on my palate. Then, when I tasted the Tempranillo paired with Vivian’s paella, notes of raspberry, cinnamon/spice, and red licorice danced on my tongue. It was divine!

This fruit forward Washington wine is quite a contrast to the rich Spanish Tempranillos bearing resemblance to tobacco and leather that I tasted the same evening. Each wine is lovely in its own right reminding us of the influence of terroir.

Disclaimer: This bottle was given to me by the winery.