Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
Gorgeous, refined and supple, this is our flagship wine from a vintage defined by elegance and grace – picture a dancer. The 2006 growing season started with a mild spring but finished with an usually dry, hot summer. This led to earlier-than-usual flavor maturity, and while we had hoped for the corresponding lower-than-normal sugar levels as well, the result was actually the development of bright higher tone characters and a beautiful clear fruit profile. A good splash of Merlot adds roundness and silkiness, and the bright fruit lends itself to a smooth, polished mid-palate. These elements make for a pretty, lush wine that is approachable and delicious upon release. The age of the vines, seventy-five percent of which are twenty years or older, contributes to its aging potential.
Classic Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics combine with mulberry, creamy boysenberry, and vanilla in a wine that isn't as dark and tannic as 2005, but has every bit as much personality. We are very happy with this Cabernet Sauvignon, and while it is drinking really well even in its youth, we look forward to enjoying it for years to come.
The music on this one was simple. To me, the wine has many different layers and nuances that need a classic album, filled with subtlety and detail, like Pink Floyd's The Wall. Their signature flying pigs at their concerts make me think of the "pig plate" at Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. For lighter fare, I would pair this wine with a ginger-beef salad or a grilled pork chop with a root-vegetable gratin. Never underestimate the power of the root vegetable, which pigs love too!
Wine Enthusiast - "Delicious and immediately appealing with fresh strawberry and Bing cherry fruit, leading into sweet toasty oak and the precisely detailed tannins that characterize John Abbott’s winemaking. The old vine fruit brings subtle grace notes as the wine moves through the palate—a dash of pepper, a whiff of herb, a brambly old vine finish with a hint of black tea."
International Wine Cellar - "Medium red. Enticing aromas of currant, cherry, mocha, lavender and sweet oak. Lush, suave and seamless, with mineral and spice notes giving definition to the middle palate and leavening the impression of volume. Finishes uncompromisingly dry, subtle and long, with captivating perfume and perfectly integrated tannins."
Wine Spectator - "Ripe, supple and expressive, offering a mouthful of tobacco-accented cherry, currant and floral aromas and flavors that sail effortlessly over modest tannins into the long, balanced finish. Drink now through 2014."
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Spanish for bee, our name is pronounced 'ah-BAY-ha" We chose this name for its simple beauty and its reminder if times past when farming implied a respect for the environment and a close connection to the earth. It is our belief that each day, we can make a difference in the quality of our care for the land, and no matter how small, any difference we make is worthwile. We create our wines and recieve our guests under the same philosophy.
Abeja is located on a century-old farmstead in the breathtaking foothills of the Blue Mountains, four miles east of Walla Walla Washington. Once seriously dilapidated, all of the original farm buildings have been carefully restored with an emphasis on craftsmanship and longevity. Creative use of salvaged materials adds interest and sets the stage for renewed purpose in these old buildings, which now house our winery and our inn guests. View all Abeja Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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