Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Abacela video from Xplore Film

Abacela's Earl Jones talking about the history and future of his trailblazing vineyard and winery located in Oregon's Umpqua Valley.

Friday, February 10, 2017

2014 Garnacha rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine

2014 Barrel Select Garnacha
Outstanding! Great Northwest Wine

In recent years, Andrew Wenzl’s work with Grenache has earned considerable praise — whether it be his stunning rosé or the Barrel Select program. The transition from vineyard to cellar in 2014 began Oct. 7 at the ripeness level of 25 Brix, which seems to be customary for standalone bottlings of this Rhône variety. 

The 100% neutral French oak program keeps the focus on juicy aromas and flavors of plum, boysenberry and pomegranate with sweet herbs and a remarkable mouth feel. Its finish of blackberry and Montmorency cherry extends. 

Indeed, the Jones family’s Fault Line Vineyards continue to serve as a Southern Oregon talisman for Iberian Peninsula grape varieties. 

The 2013 Garnacha earned a gold medal at the 2016 Oregon Wine Competition. This year, the 2014 already is generating headlines, starting with a double gold at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle.

 Enjoy with Mushroom Croque-Monsieur.








Thursday, December 22, 2016

Abacela wins big at Platinum Judging

The 17th annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging results are in!

530 entries were judged over October 26th to 28th at the Clover Island Inn, which overlooks the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash.


Double Platinum2015 Grenache Rosé 
Earl Jones and his crew at Abacela in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley just keep cranking out winner after winner. This is simply a great rosé with enticing floral notes, precise, lively red-toned fruit that sports a jaunty red licorice note and puts tons of flavor in the mouth. Its lingering finish closes with a great balance of acid. Try it with a festive meal that includes turkey, ham or pork as a refreshing change from the hefty reds that usually dominate holiday meals. 


Platinum2015 Muscat 
Known best for its muscular reds and lean, clean Albariño, Abacela shows its versatility with this sweet, appealing wine made from Early Muscat (75%) and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. Harvested at only 22.5 Brix, it displays honeysuckle, lively acidity, nice spice notes, tropical fruit, tangerine zest, and is striking, fully-flavored and zippy despite its 3% residual sugar.

Double Gold, 2015 Albariño
Double Gold, 2015 Blanco Dulce
Double Gold, 2013 Garnacha
Double Gold, 2012 Malbec
Double Gold, 2013 Barrel Select Syrah
Double Gold, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Abacela in Portrait of Portland Magazine

"Top 12 Northwest Rosés"

2015 Grenache Rosé

"The country's pioneer with Spanish varieties Tempranillo and Albariño also produces stellar results year after year using Grenache for its rosé. This year, its accolades include best of class at two California judgings: the Pacific Rim International and the prestigious San Francisco International. Serve with tapas."

Abacela's 2015 Grenache Rosé featured.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's Octoburrrrr... Time for Albarino and Shellfish!

What's your favorite shellfish to pair with Abacela Albariño

Abalony, Barnacles, Clams, Cockles, Crab, Crayfish, Geoduck, Langoustines, Lobster, Mussels, Prawns, Razor Clams, Scallops, Sea Urchin, Shrimp or Oysters?




We're ready for months with "R". R U? 

Get ready as cases of Albariño ship free all October... 
mix or match, any style or vintage.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Albariño wins big at Sunset Wine Competition!

Our 2015 Albariño receives a Best in Class distinction for its unanimous Gold Medal placement from the 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition.

NEW WORLD WHITES

Abacela 2015 Albariño
 
(Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon, $21) This Oregon take on the white wine of Spain’s Rías Baixas region is a home run, with vibrant white peach, pear, and citrus fruit and complex hints of mineral, chamomile, and white pepper.
See it in the October 2016 issue of Sunset Magazine:



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Abacela earns top honors at Oregon Wine Competition

The 2016 Oregon Wine Competition was held in Jacksonville, Oregon in conjunction with the Oregon Wine Experience Wine Festival. 

Double Gold Medal
2015 Albarino

Gold Medal

2013 Garnacha

Gold Medal
2015 Blanco Dulce

Silver Medal
2012 Reserve Tempranillo







See more about the competition at the Oregon Wine Experience website.