Showing posts from May, 2010

Another 2009 Grenache Rose write up!

Abacela Winery 2009 Grenache Rosé
Annette Solomon, Statesman Journal, May 27, 2010
This polished, young rosé offers a mélange of aromas backed by a well-balanced structure. The seductive flavors include lush strawberry, raspberry, walnut, cream and violet.

— Annette Solomon

Abacela featured in Register Guard Article

Oregon’s finest vinos de España
By Paul Omundson, The Register Guard, May 26, 2010

At Abacela Winery, in a Rioja-like climate, Earl and Hilda Jones coax lauded Oregon wines from traditional Spanish varietals.

It’s a dream of all wine aficionados — go from rank amateur to world-renowned winemaker in the wink of an eye. Well, it happened to Earl Jones and his wife, Hilda, who own Abacela Winery near Roseburg. They are pioneers in developing Spain’s flagship wine, tempranillo, and many other Spanish varietals on American soil.

Nobody had seen these warm-weather grapes in Oregon before the couple started building their vineyards in 1994 and planted their first grapes in 1995. Jones laughs when he recalls one neighbor thinking tempranillo meant “temporary,” and that Jones was just killing time until he planted the “real” vines.

Jones made his first tempranillo in 1997, and his second wine (1998) became the first American tempranillo to best the Spanish in international wine competition, taking…

Abacela article in The Spokesman-Review

Oregon winery thrives on focused approach
Paul Gregutt, The Spokesman-Review, May 26, 2010

My general advice to small, startup wineries is to focus. Make something your calling card. Don’t try to make 30 different wines until you’ve figured out how to do three or four well.

Abacela, located in southern Oregon, is a fine example of a winery that started with a specific focus, built on it and now offers a breathtakingly large lineup of estate-grown blends and varietals, including some never before seen in the Northwest.

Owners Earl and Hilda Jones set out to find the optimal growing conditions for a single grape: tempranillo. Using a strict scientific, climate- and soil-driven approach, they settled (to their surprise, as much as anyone’s) on the Umpqua Valley.

The region, they contend, “has the most beneficial climate structure for growing grapes in the state … the longest growing season, the lowest risk of both spring and fall frosts, and low-ripening period rainfall and temperature extrem…

Abacela can now ship to Kansas!

We are pleased to announce that Abacela can now ship directly to Kansas residents for offsite purchases made via phone, email or web. We recently applied for and were granted a Direct Shipping License. Kansas residents may also join our Llaneros Wine Club. Please visit our website at:

We look forward to sharing our wines with the residents of Kansas!

2009 Albarino in the Oregonian's 2010 Spring Wine Guide

2010 Spring Wine Guide: Fine pours for picnics
The Oregonian, May 24, 2010
A picnic is our favorite way to break up a day of wine tasting. But what to drink? We chose some tempting takeout foods and asked four local wine pros to pair them with affordable Northwest wines: 2009 Albarino "Cured meat... begs for a refreshing, bracing white wine, and this albariño is just the thing." - Kimberly Paley, Paley's Place

2009 Viognier Reviewed...

Cellar Dweller: A summery choice
Wed, 05/19/2010 - 5:55 pm By Matt Meador, The Vancouver Voice
Viognier is one of those wines that seems to bridge the gap between reds and whites, at least to some degree. Red-lovers are inclined to appreciate the dry acidity of Viogniers while white-o-philes can acknowledge its crisp hint of sweetness with more than a wry smile. Altogether, Viognier is one of those wines that can be enjoyed by wine lovers from both sides of the aisle.
The Abacela 2009 Viognier from Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, released on May 1, is a grand example of just what Viognier is all about. They say that Viognier was introduced to the Rhône Valley in Roman times, but repeated invasions by bloodthirsty Huns and other undesirables drove it to near extinction. When the Romans left Gaul, which was really pre-France, the vines grew untended for many years until a handful of locals rediscovered them and began to recultivate them. What covered only a small number of …

2009 Albarino reviewed

wine in the spotlight: abacela 2009 albariño
Paul Gregutt,, May 18, 2010

Beginning today, I’ll do an occasional profile of a single Northwest wine that is especially deserving of your attention. This is a great bottle to begin with...

I did a search on the Wine Enthusiast database to see if I’d reviewed any other albariños from the Pacific Northwest over the years. Didn’t expect to find any, and none were there, except for previous vintages from Abacela.

Just out (and already a gold medal winner) is the 2009. From the estate’s Fault Line Vineyards, this was harvested at 22.5° brix; pH 3.26; TA 7.11 grams/liter. The AVA is Umpqua Valley, and the cooperage was stainless steel all the way. In keeping with the times, the winery has dropped the price from $23 to $18, which means you can probably find it for $16 if you look around.

Winemaker tasting notes: “This Galician style wine exhibits aromas and flavors of crisp golden apples, citrus fruits, fleshy peach, almonds, and delic…

2009 Grenache Rose Review...

Matt Kramer on wine: It's spring, and the rosés are in bloom
The Oregonian, May 15, 2010
The time has arrived -- finally! -- for what might be called the first rosé of the season. Where previously (10 years ago) rosé wines were derided, today they are among the hottest categories in the wine business.
Wine producers love rosés because it's a low-overhead, high-profit wine. There's no expensive cellar aging or need for low yields in the vineyard, and the "palate demand" is nowhere near as exigent as it is for, say, pinot noir.
The downside for the producers is shelf life: Nobody wants last year's rosé. This makes producers, as well as wholesalers and retailers, wary of committing too much inventory to it. Once summer is over, so is the rosé season -- and rosé sales, too.
Abacela Grenache Rosé "Estate Grown" 2009 -- The tastiest rosés are made with grenache, a red grape variety notable for its intense, luscious cherry-scented fruitiness.
Spain has by f…

2009 Albarino wins Gold Medal

Our 2009 Estate Grown Albarino has won a Gold Medal at the 2010 Riverside International Wine Competition. We think the 2009 vintage is a great bottle, and it's only fitting that it win Gold after being released less than two months! Enjoy a glass today...

Abacela has planted a garden!

Abacela has always sourced local produce, cheese, bread, meats and chocolates in an effort to support the local farmers and artisans. To that end, we have finally planted an extensive garden. From tomatoes to corn, lettuce to kohlrabi, and peas to brussel sprouts, our winery events will be even more focused on what we grow and produce here at Abacela. The garden is located between our oldest vineyard, Cox's Rock, and our newest planting, Esperanza Block.

TAPAS Grand Tasting

TAPAS Third Annual Grand Tasting

The most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese varietal wines in North America will take place this year at the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, wine writers, retailers, distributors, and consumers will have an opportunity to taste wines produced by TAPAS members from grape varieties indigenous to Spain and Portugal that are now cultivated in America, in a delightful walk-around setting where they may chat with the TAPAS growers and producers. Tickets

June 5, 2010
2:00 to 5:00 PM
Fort Mason Center
Herbst Pavilion
San Francisco, CA