2017 K El Jefe Tempranillo - 1.5L


The best. Blood, sand, cedar, blue and red fruit intermingle with sandalwood, black leather and a warm, northern sun. Here in Washington, the sun also rises. —Charles

Current & Past Scores

94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

“All destemmed and brought up in 40% new French oak, the 2017 Tempranillo Le Jefe is killer wine that has lots of classic Tempranillo spice and savoriness as well as a great core of fruit, integrated oak, medium to full body, and incredibly polished, silky tannins. There are only 244 cases, but it’s beautifully done. It’s already drinking nicely, yet it should easily evolve for a decade.”

95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) (v2016)

“The ruby/plum-colored 2016 Tempranillo El Jefe Stoneridge Vineyard reveals a meaty, savory, smoky style to go with a medium to full-bodied, concentrated style on the palate.Some classic tar and asphalt notes as well as cold fireplace develop with time in the glass and it has present yet silky tannins, beautiful overall balance, and a great finish.It’s a terrific expression of this variety that will keep for at least a decade.”

91 Points, James Suckling

“A rich, full red with chocolate, berries and ripe fruit. Full-bodied, yet formed and juicy with a pepper and clove-like aftertaste. Some white pepper, too. A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% syrah. Drink now.”


The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

Stoneridge Vineyard (100%): Alluvial fan gravel bed, the site rests above the floodplain of the Columbia River. Under the topsoil is a layer of caliche and basalt 6-12’’deep, creating a calcium and iron rich media that forces roots to struggle.


Vintage 2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.