Hemingway described Pamploma’s Festival San Fermin as a “wonderful nightmare”. It’s also an apt descriptor for this tempestuous Tempranillo, which prefers heat to grow but is tied to the whims of Mother Nature’s mood. This fruit hails from “The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater”, which grows both hot and cold and cold weather makes Tempranillo shut down -- just as one’s insides may with a bull on one’s behind. “This is what makes it such a wonderful nightmare. It’s hit or miss!” says Ali. “When Mother Nature is in warm spirits, it’s beautiful. When she gives us the cold shoulder, it’s a nightmare.” 2014 was a good season for Tempranillo, but a severe early December cold snap made the 2015 crop incredibly small. So, you’re going to want to get your hands on this wine while it’s available! It’s wonderful when you can get it, and a nightmare when you can’t.