By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.giffordhirlinger.com
Gifford Hirlinger is one of the many family-run, family-owned wineries you’ll find in the Walla Walla area. It produces wines from the estate vineyard around the winery and has won quite a bit of acclaim for its efforts.
This tasty Tempranillo is a good example of how good this varietal can be from Washington State and is one I’d highly encourage both fans of the grape and newcomers to check out.
- Vineyard: 100% Estate
- Blend: 100%Tempranillo
- Alcohol: 14.4%
- Total Produced: 98 cases
- Retail Price: $34.00
On the nose: Peppered plums, shoe leather, dark chocolate and bramble with a hint of forest floor.
On the palate: A nearly sublime mix of spice, blackened fruits, grilled leather, tobacco and spiced dark chocolate. Stellar mid palate with acids that “wake up to greet you” on the mid palate. An absolutely delightful Tempranillo which does a good job of showcasing this varietal from Washington State. If this Spanish varietal is on your brain from Washington, you’ll find few finer.