You probably don’t think of Lacey, Washington when you think of Tempranillo, but Amy and Josh Stottlemyer  are going to change your mind about that.


Stottle Tempranillo

The 2008 Stottle Tempranillo is one of Stottle Winery‘s  first releases and it makes a statement. With fruit sourced from Eldering Vineyards, this garnet colored Tempranillo doesn’t taste like a freshman release of a new winery. This Washington Tempranillo starts smooth and fruity before the spicy pepper introduces itself. The finish is long, but more intriguing before the fruit dissipates and the woody characteristics predominate. The woody tannins are drying on the finish, but that just builds your anticipation for the next sip.

The spices and tannic structure of this Tempranillo made me long for food. Since I didn’t have any of Vivian’s paella around I started rummaging through the cold case. I found the perfect match with Gypsy salami. The peppery spices in the wine and food enhanced each other really nicely. The pairing was both a magnification and a mirror that didn’t crowd out the other characteristics. The richness of the salami soothed some of the tannic dryness without stealing the structure.

Amy Stottlemyer

Amy Stottlemyer pouring the Stottle Viognier


A new winery without a lot of street cred yet,  Stottle Winery maintained a crowd of happy wine tasters at their Wine World (sponsor) tasting. During last night’s tasting, Amy was also pouring their Viognier, Syrah, Malbec, Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. Because of the enthusiasm of the wine tasters, expect to see this Stottle Tempranillo, as well as some other wines in the Stottle line up on the Wine World shelves.  Stottle Winery wines are also available for purchase  in their tasting room five days a week and via their online store.



Stottle Winery, owned by Amy and Josh Stottlemyer.

Tasting room hours: Wednesday – Sunday : 11am – 6pm

Stottle Winery 2641 Willamette Dr NE Suite C Lacey, WA 98516

Ph: 360-515-0356 Fax: 360-515-0364

Correction: Our first edition post mistakenly identified Doug McCrea has a mentor to the Stottlemyers. That is incorrect. Doug is a friend and is working with the Stottlemyers on a South Sound winery group with a “passport” event August 11th – 21st.