530 entries were judged over October 26th to 28th at the Clover Island Inn, which overlooks the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash.
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.
Platinum, 2015 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
See the full results here.