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.
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.
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.
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