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OLIVIA BRION Tempranillo  "Les Vagabondes" "Shake Ridge Ranch"  Amador County 2016

Retail Price: $35

Value Rating: 3.9

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: August 16, 2019
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DDWA Score: 91

Great Value


Napa winery Olivia Brion stretches out by acquiring Tempranillo from the outstanding “Shake Ridge Ranch” near Sutter Creek in Gold Country, Sierra Foothills. Smells great, like red cherry compote, dark pomegranate, dried red rose petals and cracked black peppercorns. Medium-bodied, loads of fruit yet not overly fruity because of the floral/spicy/earthy flavors going on. Its fine tannins make the wine stand tall. Really lovely…full-flavored yet with a graceful restraint. Fantastic food wine. Pair as you would a structured, complex Napa Valley Merlot.

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With a history focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from “Heron Lake Vineyard” in Wild Horse Valley, Olivia Brion Winery has expanded in recent years to small lots of intriguing wines from Santa Barbara to Willamette Valley. I’m particularly excited about this recently released Tempranillo from “Shake Ridge” and hope they make this for years to come. Read all of my Miss Olivia Brion wine reviews here.

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