2016 K El Jefe Tempranillo

2016 K El Jefe Tempranillo

Price: $55.00

Iodine, blood, earth, leather. Echoes of Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises.” It suggests sun-ripened tomato, sea salt, black raspberry and a complexity of Tempranillo that centuries can only understand. No bull... This is El Jefe. – Charles

Current & Past Scores

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

“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.”

93 Points, James Suckling

This variety is compatible with the Stoneridge Vineyard, in that it shifts to a floral, elegant and refined stance, yet delivers length and power. The succulent, long and fresh mulberry and boysenberry core really delivers in a delicious mode here. Drink now.”

Vineyard:

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 flood plain 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.

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