We were at Marche Bacchus and Jeff Wyatt gave our group this wine blind. After much debate we all decided it was old world and two members suggested in was a Merlot/Cabernet Blend , right bank Bourdeaux region. We were shocked that this was from the new world and even more that it was a Tempranillo from Oregon !
We were so intrigued that I had to do some research on this surprising vineyard. As we know , this varietal is widely cultivated in the northern and central parts of Spain. And is well know throughout the world.
The Red Lily Vineyards Tempranillo 2003 Oregon was quite a surprise. There are 1000 acres of Tempranillo planted in the United States . 100 acres are planted in Oregon. Now about the wine. In the glass it was medium bodied and very dark in color. The nose gave us hints of earth , leather , and smoke. This is why were were fooled and suggested it was from the Old world. This nice wine finished with spice and well balanced tannins
Red Lily Vineyards became a reality in 1991 , the dream of Les and Rachel Martin. The name for the vineyard came from the Bolander's Lily that grows in the nearby mountains. Red Lily Vineyards produces hand crafted wines in very limited production.
This was a very nice Tempranillo and a surprise. We wish Les and Rachel the best and are anxious to see what Red Lily has next !