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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Abacela Estate Tempranillo 2006
Abacela Estate Tempranillo 2006
(search item no. 105652)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our estate vineyards in Southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley are an ideal terroir for this noble Spanish varietal. The 2006 vintage, the tenth release of our signature Tempranillo, is deeply colored and powerfully structured with intense aromas and flavors of ripe black fruits, savory spice, cassis, and smoke. Experience suggests this wine will age easily for five to seven years and offer a long plateau of maturity. If patience fails aeration is recommended. We also suggest saffron and pimenton dusted lamb with chèvre and sun dried tomato-stuffed peppers.
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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."