Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chris Lake becomes the Winegrower at Abacela

ROSEBURG, OR. - July 18, 2016; Abacela Winery is pleased to announce that Chris Lake, a native of California, will become the manager of Abacela’s Fault Line Vineyards in July of 2016. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science at Fresno State University in 1993 and has over 20 years experience in the wine industry.  

Abacela and its Fault Line Vineyards are celebrating their 21st year in the industry and are best known as pioneers of Tempranillo and Albariño in America. Abacela has also introduced several other site-climate matched grape varieties to the region and in 2013 was recognized as the “Oregon Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest magazine. In 2015 the Oregon Wine Board presented Earl and Hilda with the Industry’s "Lifetime Achievement Award." 

Chris will bring to Abacela’s production team valuable experience from California, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He comes to Abacela directly from Umpqua Community College where he headed up the Southern Oregon Wine Institute and directed its educational and administrative matters for the past eight years. Chris voiced, “After serving as a teacher and administrator for these last eight years I look forward to getting back into the field in one of Oregon’s premier estate vineyards and wineries.” 

He will join the Abacela wine team, which consists of Earl, the general manager, Andrew Wenzl, head winemaker, and Ryan Dudley, assistant winemaker in the growing and crafting of award winning wines. 

Earl added, “We are pleased that Chris is bringing a blend of practical and academic thought to help us develop one of Oregon’s most interesting vineyard properties to its full potential.”  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Oregon Tempranillo Alliance featured in the Tasting Panel Magazine

Promise fulfilled at the First Oregon Tempranillo Conference
by Randy Caparoso
The Tasting Panel, June 2016

"Who would argue against the fact that Tempranillo has a place among the pantheon of the world's greatest wine grapes...?"




"...Earl and Hilda Jones still remain at the head of the class... impeccably crafted wines-phenomenal by any standard, even Spain's."


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Another "Best of Class" medal for our 2015 Grenache Rosé!

Since its introduction in 1980, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) has been setting the standard for professional wine judging.

The largest and most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) has been setting the standard for professional wine judging since its debut in 1980. Now in its 36th year, the SFIWC maintains the highest level of integrity with a blind-tasting system performed by a highly experienced panel of internationally acclaimed wine experts.

A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence, and wines recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are universally understood to be among the very best.

The 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition was held on June 9th to 12th.




"Best Rosé"
Double Gold Medal
2015 Grenache Rosé




Gold Medal




Check out these wines and many more award winning wines on our website at www.Abacela.com

Friday, June 10, 2016

Albariño places Best of Class at Sunset Wine Competition!

Our 2015 Albariño just placed first in its category at the 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition

Awarded a Gold Medal and the distinguished "Best of Class" designation, the 2015 vintage bested seven other Albariños in its category.

Winemaker Notes:

"Albariño is a delicate Spanish white grape that grows well in our estate vineyards. It produces an assertive, dry wine characterized by beautiful floral aromas and fruity flavors that finishes with refreshing acidity."



Other recent awards include:


Pacific Rim Wine Competition
"Best of Class", 2015 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2015 Albariño
Gold Medal, 2015 Muscat

Oregon Wine Awards
Gold Medal, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Abacela featured in the Wine Spectator!

"Abacela, the leading light of Umpqua Valley"
Wine Spectator, June 15, 2016


Southern Oregon grapes and wines play a supporting role in dozens of budget-priced bottlings carrying the statewide Oregon designation. But in the hands of talented growers and winemakers, grapes from distinct appellations such as Rogue Valley can make standout wines on their own. 
Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman explains:

Reviews:

ABACELA 2014 Albariño Umpqua Valley, 89 points
Vivid, lively and appealing, with lemony apple and grapefruit flavors, tripping lightly over refined acidity and finishing with presence.

ABACELA 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo Umpqua Valley, 88 points
Gritty tannins present a challenge in this firm version, but the dark berry and coffee flavors emerge, lingering on the smoky finish.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Flowering in the indicator vine!


Flowering in the indicator vines means we will have generally flowering throughout the vineyards within 10-12 days. Vintage 2016 is off to a great start!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Tempranillo Ratings from the Wine Enthusiast

Abacela earns two 90+ point ratings in the June 2016 issue of the Wine Enthusiast!

-  91 Points, 2013 South East Block Reserve Tempranillo
Moving up the ladder among Abacela's Tempranillo bottlings, this is packed with juicy, ripe black fruits. There are scent and flavor accents of tanned leather and savory herbs, and the wine is built for staying power. If there is a quibble to be made, it's that the tannins have a rather chalky residual flavor.

-  90 Points, 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo
Estate grown and aged in 31% new barrels, this offers dense purple fruits, scents of violets and mocha, and a smoky thread that carries into the finish. There are strong flavors of cedar box and graphite, and the tannins are chewy and substantial.

All reviews by Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (c). Read on WineMag.com.