The Walls 2018 Wonderful Nightmare Tempranillo
100% Tempranillo | Alc: 13.5%
Walla Walla, Washington State
The Walls 2018 Wonderful Nightmare Tempranillo – A “wonderful nightmare,” what Hemingway called Spain’s Running of the Bulls, is the ultimate contrast, and Tempranillo, grown in The Rocks District is just that. It’s a challenge to grow here as frost can quickly cause this heat-loving grape to shut down.
But when it works, it’s beautiful.
Leather, yes! Tobacco, absolutely! All inharmony with the inherent The Rocks District character. Blood, earth, salinity and red fruit. A Tempranillo unlike any other in Washington State.
“The Walls” was originally meant as a play on the Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla’s least talked about but perhaps most notorious landmark, and one that loomed just down the street from where our first wines were made. Since 1886, the “Walls” or “Concrete Mama” has surreptitiously presided over the ebb and flow of this little town, lives frozen inside while outside, growth and progress eddy past. You can’t drive into Walla Walla just to drink wine, play golf, spend time with friends and family and not think about life behind those walls.
“The 2018 Tempranillo Wonderful Nightmare comes from the Stoney Vine Vineyard and is a complex, exotic example of the variety, offering loads of herbes de Provence, peppered meats, charcoal, and violets, all supported by a wonderful core of ripe red, blue, and black fruits. With medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, and ripe tannins, it’s another remarkable, pure, balanced wine from The Walls that can be drunk any time over the coming 10-15 years, if not longer” 96 pts – Jeb Dunnuck
“A Rocks District offering, the aromas bring notes of dried tobacco, dried orange rind and flower. The palate is a somewhat lighter, juicy style than the aromas would suggest.” – Wine Enthusiast
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