August 12, 2014

Michael Franz reviewed the 2012 High Plains Tempranillo and rated it at 90 points. Here is what he had to say...

Pedernales Cellars, High Plains (Texas) Tempranillo 2012 ($40): This is a highly convincing rendition of Tempranillo, and aside from a couple of examples from Argentina, Washington and southern Oregon, it looks better than any Tempranillo I’ve seen outside of Spain.  Medium-bodied, with fine fruit that recalls red cherries and berries showing no hint of over-ripeness, the wine draws structure from fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins that are very well balanced against the moderate weight of the fruit.  Thankfully, the winemaker didn’t commit the chronic error of outside-of-Spain makers of Tempranillo, which is to oak it within an inch of its life in a mistaken effort to emulate Rioja.  Very well done!
90 Michael Franz Aug 12, 2014

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