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Date Printed: 4/19/2015
Abacela Tempranillo Cuvee 2008
Abacela Tempranillo Cuvee 2008
(search item no. 107595)
screw cap wine

PRICE ON 4/19/2015: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the seventh release of our fruit forward, less tannic and earlier maturing Tempranillo, which was delicious upon bottling. The fruit sources included our West Slope block. The beautiful aromatics, focused red fruit flavors, and seamless finish will continue to improve over the next four to six years. This is the seventh release of the fruit forward, less tannic and earlier maturing Tempranillo, formally know as Cuvée. Crack open this bottle and delight in the beautiful aromatics of freshly crushed purple fruit, cherries and tobacco before herbs and a medley of fruit flavors stretch into a seamless finish supported by rounded tannins and light toasty oak.
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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."