A white wine label with black text in a drawing of 10 grapes lined up like bowling pins. "El Jefe. Stoneridge Vineyard. Washington State. 2018."

2018 K El Jefe Tempranillo

In stock
$55.00
Also Available in 1.5L Magnum Bottles and Previous Vintage.
A A beautiful black bottle of wine with white capsule and white label with black text.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Charles Smith

“From the get go, this wine says Tempranillo! From the exhilarating color to its familiar sights and sounds of suede, warm sand, black plum, a tobacco-filled garden. A deep red brick sturdiness that speaks to its pedigree. Spanish spoken here!”

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage was incredible! This outstanding vintage began mild followed by a long and dry ripening season in the fall. This enabled us to hang the fruit to reach optimal ripeness without losing acidity or increasing sugars. The wines from 2018 are exceptional in many ways, from the great expression of the whites to the beautiful refinement and complexity of the reds. Enjoy!

Winemaking

Varietal Breakdown: 100% Tempranillo
Appellation: Washington State
Vineyard(s): Stoneridge (100%)
Production: .8 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole berry fermentation | 47 days on skins | 47% new French oak barriques | 22 months barrel-aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.1 g/L titratable acidity | 3.87 pH | 14.0% alcohol | No residual sugar

Current & Past Scores

94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2017)

“All destemmed and brought up in 40% new French oak, the 2017 Tempranillo El Jefe is killer wine that has lots of classic Tempranillo spice and savoriness as well as a great core of fruit, integrated oak, medium to full body, and incredibly polished, silky tannins. There are only 244 cases, but it’s beautifully done. It’s already drinking nicely, yet it should easily evolve for a decade.”

92 Points – Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (v2017)

“Opening to a juicy frame of dusty black raspberry, dark cherry and plum, the 2017 El Jefe Tempranillo Stoneridge Vineyard offers sweet oaky spices with a dusty minerality of baked clay. Medium to full-bodied, the wine offers a brilliant display of precision with soft leather tones that melt into savory umami characteristics on the long finish. It’s fresh and shiny now, but I think I would prefer this after 10 years of age in the bottle.”

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