While wine tasting with visiting friends, we stopped at Amavi Cellars. The tasting room is perched atop a vine-covered hill, patios on two sides, and gravity fed production facility founding the building. I love the setting, gorgeous views of the Blue Mountains, including Les Collines Vineyard off to the east, Pepper Bridge Vineyard all around with vivid sunrises and sunsets punctuating the days year-round. On this particular day we hit the jackpot – as industry peeps we were poured the wine club offering 2012 Ceres Red Wine a 100% Tempranillo, 100% Les Collines Vineyard wine.
When we dove into wine tasting several years ago Tempranillo wines were some of my very favorite reds – granted they were Washington Tempranillos, but they were rich, full-bodied, but smooth and had a luxuriously ‘sweet’ fruit aspect to them that prompted my name, ‘sweetempranillo’. Upon tasting this wine I was instantly smitten. The aromas, when you get passed the 14.5% ABV, are baked plum and blackberry. On the palate I notice black cherry and cocoa to begin with, an astringent pull dominates the middle palate with a finish of coconut and vanilla custard. It is a complex, luxurious wine and we came home with four bottles of it!