Delfino Vineyards 2012 Tempranillo
There’s a clearing in the forest
Douglas County, Oregon is one of America’s great timber-producing regions, with 1.8 million acres of timber land. But hidden away behind the trees, you’ll find one Umpqua Valley winery after another.
And Delfino Vineyards is a perfect example. Off the beaten path – way off – you arrive at Delfino to discover gorgeous rolling hills of vines interspersed with groves of Douglas Fir surrounding a pond with a picturesque home, guest house and winery. You’d never know Delfino was there unless you were looking for it – which was exactly what owners Jim & Terri Delfino were hoping for.
It was supposed to be a retirement home. Maybe they’d raise cows, too. But when the previous owner invited them to dinner and served a bottle of amazing Oregon wine made just up the road, Jim & Terri realized that wine grapes were in their future.
At first, they thought they’d just sell their grapes to winemakers. And they did. But before long, they discovered a passion for making their own wine. Through trial and error, selfstudy and great mentorships, Jim has become a respected winemaker who mentors students at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute at nearby Umpqua Community College.
Jim and Terri Delfino are two of the most welcoming people you’ll ever meet. If you’re heading down to Southern Oregon their winery is a must-see – you can even stay overnight in the bed-and-breakfast guest cottage!
Cellar 503 Tasting Notes
Delfino Vineyards, Roseburg, Oregon
The Delfino wines, made from entirely from grapes grown on their property, showcase Jim’s expertise and love of place. Big, bold, spicy reds that capture the best of the warm weather varietals that they grow. Tempranillo, native to the Rioja region of Spain, grows especially well in Southern Oregon — at the same 42-43° latitude.
The aroma from your glass of Delfino Tempranillo — new leather, anise and rain on the forest floor — is followed by flavors of dark stone fruits and smoky white pepper.
Supple tannins add to a smooth, long finish that make this wine approachable and drinkable now. (And if you can stand to cellar it, hint at greatness in the future. But good luck keeping it for very long!)