Bitner Vineyards 2014 Erletxe Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $35

Internationally renowned biologist Ron Bitner began with Chardonnay in the early 1980s then became inspired by Syrah when his research on the alfalfa leafcutter bee took him to Australia. Now, his passion is on the Spanish variety Tempranillo. His longtime friend Greg Koenig and Skyline Vineyard joined forces on this tier called Erletxe, Spanish for beehouse. Piquant tones of herbs and tobacco are joined by cordial cherry and red currant that lead to a structure of brawny tannins and pomegranate-cranberry acidity. Enjoy with Basque-inspired cuisine.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 155 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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