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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Abacela Albarino 2009
Abacela Albarino 2009
(search item no. 105650)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Galician style wine exhibits aromas and flavors of crisp golden apples, citrus fruits, fleshy peach, almonds, and delicate white flowers all carries on a frame that skirts the razors edge between creamy textures and steely minerality.
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About Abacela:

For years we, Earl and Hilda Jones, have pursued our passion for fine Spanish wine made from the Tempranillo grape. Our goal is to produce fine wine from that grape in America.

Thus, the "Abacela" idea was to find in America a similar climate to that of the finest Tempranillo growing areas in Spain. The "marginal" climate sought was hot enough to ripen the fruit but not so hot that it cooked out the essence of the grape. A climate which provided dry summers and cool but wet winters, relatively free of severe freezes to minimize potential cold injury to the vines.

Searches through tomes of wine books, climate records, and maps led us to the West Coast. The search ended in the Umpqua Valley in Southern Oregon, 11 miles southwest of Roseburg Oregon. Here, the vineyards bask by day in the hot summer sun and are cooled at night by Pacific Ocean breezes. The long growing season allows the fruit to ripen slowly and fully. Our Abacela idea, now a working winery, was christened Abacela, utilizing an old Castilian word that means "to plant grapevines."