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Wahluke Slope

BACKGROUND
Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, love their current red wine repertoire, but love even more, to add unique and fun varietals. Tempranillo is one of those! It also happens to be Natalie’s favorite red varietal, because of it’s old world characteristics.

SOURCING
Wahluke Slope

VARIETAL
100% Tempranillo

WINEMAKING
This 2018 Tempranillo comes from a picture-perfect vineyard in the middle of an amazing appellation. With a southern facing slope, growing conditions here are near ideal. Because of this, very little input from the winemaker is needed - the wine almost makes itself. Other than encouraging a full malolactic fermentation, no other fining or additions were done. The wine was finished with nearly 18 months in oak before bottling.

ANALYSIS
Harvest Data: September 29, 2018 Brix: 23.5 TA: 0.61 pH: 3.43 Alc.: 12.5%
Bottled: July 16, 2020 | 315 cases | Released: October 2020

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
Natalie’s favorite red varietal begins with an intensely ruby-red-color, then opens up with aromas of grapes, sweet flowers, and fine leather. Upon first sip, your mouth is engulfed with fig and dark cherry, while toasted vanilla bean lingers long after the wine is swallowed

FOOD PAIRING
This wine provides an ideal accompaniment to almost anything, including chicken, pasta, and salads, a such as Ellena’s Mediterranean Watermelon Salad recipe available online at www.latahcreek.com/recipes.

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