Friday, June 24, 2016

Oregon Tempranillo Alliance featured in the Tasting Panel Magazine

Promise fulfilled at the First Oregon Tempranillo Conference
by Randy Caparosa
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

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:


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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kudos for our 2015 Grenache Rosé!

 By Jade Helm DWS CS CSW 
Not sure why people are afraid of rosé wine.  I guess pink is scary?  This style gets a bad rep from the overly sweetened, mass produced, Koolaid colored wines that flood the market, and probably flooded most of our “sophisticated” parties in our younger years.  It doesn’t have to be like that. Rosé wine can be elegant, alluring, feisty and dry.   All we are saying is give pink a chance.

To get you started we organized the first, and we hope annual, Rosé Wine Bowl of Rose Street.  This gathering of wine tasting professionals and enthusiastic consumers met to bring you blind tasting notes for a few Oregon Rosé Wines.  Tasted in two blind settings: 1. Critics circle with written notes  2. Party atmosphere with casual discussion.
Oregon winemakers, take note.  At least in our small experiment consumers weren’t turned on by a passing whisp of aroma.  Don’t go too far in the opposite direction to avoid rosé’s reputation for being a bit of an overly made-up tart.  Nobody likes a tease either.  There is a middle ground between prudish and promiscuous.   We love the delicate, feminine charms of a rosé,  but can we have a little fun too?  Give us more of what our Oregon grapes can offer, even when they are pretty in pink.  We can handle it and we wouldn’t mind handling more of the following wines.  
Enjoyed by the whole group and a favorite of the critic’s circle.  This looks and smells like a girl’s childhood memory.  The color of heart shaped “fashion” pendants and the fresh perfume lavender talc scent you remember from you favorite Avon purchase.  The grown up girl in you, boys too, will love the palate of strawberry, honeydew, and the sweet tartness of a green apple. Layered and nuanced.
Read the full article.