Happy Friday! In a holiday shortened week, it's such a pleasure to get to the weekend so much sooner than normal! To kick things off, I've decided to open a bottle of a recent wine club shipment from DaMa Wines in Walla Walla, the 2015 DaMa Columbia Valley Tempranillo. This wine is a 100% Tempranillo from the Chene de Mille vineyard in the Columbia Valley. So let's see how this one stacks up!
The wine is a lighter ruby color with great clarity, which is classic for the varietal. The nose is chock full of spice, cardamom, nutmeg and lavender over lovely ripe fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry. The taste is warm and inviting, with a vapor of fruit flavor at the outset that transitions to some lovely earthy mineral notes midpalate. The tannins are smooth and well structured, though young, providing for a lovely, warm and dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it really reminds me of some of the best Tempranillos of Spain, smooth fruit with a bit of a spicy edge. This wine would pair well with a variety of summer dishes, from caprese salad to grilled salmon, but tonight I am enjoying this wine with some barbecued baby back ribs, corn on the cob and potato salad, it doesn't get more summery than that! Cheers!