Bitner Vineyards 2015 Erletxe Tempranillo

February 2, 2019 

Appellation: Snake River Valley

Retired bee biologist Ron Bitner is among the champions in Idaho for the early-ripening Spanish red grape, and his proprietary name for this marquee bottling of Tempranillo pulls from the Spanish term for “bee hive.” His longtime winemaker and friend, Greg Koenig, worked with Dale Jeffers fruit from the Gem State breadbasket that is Skyline Vineyards for an incredibly complex and spicy Temp. It’s loaded with blackberry and black cherry, cured meat and coffee notes that trail off with a long savory element. Last summer, this wine earned its way into Wine Press Northwest magazine’s year-end Platinum Judging with a gold medal at the Idaho Wine Competition. In October, it merited a Platinum and ranked as the top Tempranillo of the judging.

Rated “Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (14% alc.)

Price: $33

Cases produced: 234

Food pairings: Enjoy with braised lamb and creamy polenta, roast pork, tomato-based dishes, Mexican fare or anything off the grill.

Bitner Vineyards, 16645 Plum Road. Caldwell, Idaho, 83605

(208) 455-1870

-- Great Northwest Wine

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