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Spain in Oregon Revisited

Abacela (Round Two)

Posted on May 17th, 2013

Our Oregon wine adventure continues today with Northwest Tempranillo pioneers, Abacela. For those of you who've been longtime list members, you may recall hearing the story of Abacela from one of our early offers, but here's a quick recap for newcomers:

In their quest to produce a Tempranillo on par with that of top producers in Rioja and Ribera Del Duero, Spain, Earl and Hilda Jones landed in Southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley. Here, the Jones' found the climate, elevation and soil composition ideal for producing top-quality Spanish-style Tempranillo. Abacela's estate Fault Line Vineyard was planted in the mid-1990s and the Pacific Northwest's first Tempranillo was bottled in 1997. In 2000, Abacela's Estate Tempranillo won double Gold in San Francisco's International Wine Competition, beating out all nineteen Spanish competitors and putting Abacela on the map as a highly-regarded Tempranillo producer.

Abacela continues to amass vast acclaim, having recently been named "2013 Oregon Winery of the Year" by Wine Press Northwest Magazine (here is a link to the article).

Today's offer includes the new release of the always popular Vintner's Blend (#13) as well as a reorder opportunity for the 2009 Tempranillo.

Abacela Vintner's Blend #13 - $15.99 (Warehouse pick-up: $13.99)

From the winery's estate Fault Line Vineyard comes this tasty non-vintage blend. The #13 blends 44% Tempranillo, 17% Syrah, 16% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Dolcetto, and the remaining 3% a combination of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha and Tannat. Vintner's #13 incorporates delicious spice notes with rich, ripe fruit to create a well-balanced, crowd-pleasing wine that proves a great addition to a variety of occasions, whether an easy-going Tuesday dinner or a more sophisticated Saturday evening soiree.

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2009 Abacela Tempranillo - $19.99 (Warehouse pick-up: $17.99)

Sourced from Abacela's estate Fault Line Vineyard and nearby Delfino and McCorquodale Vineyards, the 2009 Tempranillo delivers a dose of blackberry and clove on the nose, with bright acidity and soft tannin on the palate. A natural match for any spiced meats, this Tempranillo is a welcome addition to the dinner table (think ribs or spiced pork). As Abacela's entry-level Tempranillo, the 2009 is made to be drinkable without aging, but can be consumed over the next four to six years.

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