Last weekend, I had the chance to pour with Abacela at the California Wine Festival at Doheny State Beach. Abacela is a family run winery in Southern Oregon and they are renowned for their Tempranillo. They were the first winery to plant Tempranillo in Oregon and their wines have consistently rivaled (and often beat out) Tempranillo from Spain. Over the course of the weekend, I had a chance to try almost all of Abacela’s current and library releases and can honestly say that I enjoyed each wine.
Here is a round-up of my notes on a few of their wines:
This is Abacela’s entry-level Tempranillo but there is nothing basic about it. Bright cherries, plum, oak, and mineral notes with lively acidity and a little bit of spice. A wonderful Tempranillo and it is priced perfectly! ($21, 13.9%)
Abacela 2011 Albariño
A wonderfully refreshing wine with tastes of pears, tart citrus, and green apples. Mineral notes woven throughout the wine and followed with a citrus packed finish. Perfect summer wine! ($18, 12.9%)
Abacela 2005 Paramour
Where do I begin with this Tempranillo other than by saying it is outstanding! Rich, old world style that would contend with some of the best Tempranillo from Spain. Layers of dark cherries, fig, plum, caramel, and a myriad of other flavors. It has aged gracefully and still has a few years left in a cellar if you have the self-control not to uncork it now! ($90, 14.2%)
To purchase these wines, visit www.abacela.com