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Rio Vista Wines 2018 Tempranillo

Appellation: Columbia Valley

The history of John Little’s vineyard site along the Columbia River eight miles upstream from the Bybee Bridge near Chelan Falls began as vacation property 25 years ago. In recent years, his winemaking has continued to display the versatility of the region. And fruit from some of the family’s vines at Rio Vista were blended with Tempranillo from historic Rosebud Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope for this delicious red. Its big and complex nose of blackcurrant, raspberry and blueberry includes tobacco leaf and anise. There’s remarkable depth to the structure as bright and juicy black and purple fruit mesh with silky tannins and make for a long, mouthwatering finish. It was the top-ranked entry in Wine Press Northwest’s regional tasting of Tempranillo, receiving a unanimous vote for “Outstanding!” — the equivalent of a double gold medal.

Rating: “Unanimously Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (13.8% alc.)

Price: $36

Cases produced: 175

Food pairings: Grilled meat, barbecued fare, tomato-influenced or corn-based dishes, cured meat, Latin-inspired tapas, including burritos, nachos and tacos.

The Little family operates two tasting rooms within a short drive of downtown Chelan:

• Rio Vista Wines on the River

24415 Highway 97

Chelan, WA 98816

(509) 682-9713

• Rio Vista Wines at the Cabin

224 E. Wapato Way

Manson, WA 98831

(509) 687-1179

riovistawines.com

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