Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2009 Albarino named Wine of the Week by Wine Press Northwest

Abacela 2009 Estate Albarino
Wine of the Week:
Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010

Appellation: Umpqua Valley

Earl Jones continues to commit more acreage to this Iberian variety, and his team delivers a big victory. By eschewing oak, winemaker Andrew Wenzl allows for a cross-current of fruit to gush, and the amazingly complex aroma profile includes quince, dusty apple, Circus Peanut candy, orange and pineapple. Of course the annual hallmark of this wine is its bracing acidity and flaky minerality on the entry. And yet there's peach, pineapple, apple and French vanilla flavors and a remarkable lemon cream in the farewell. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine.

Price: $18.

Cases produced: 1,148 cases.

Food matches: Pair with crab dip, chicken pico de gallo or seared scallops.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wine Press Northwest Reveiws

Wine Press Northwest recently reviewed the following wines in their Summer 2010 issue:
Abacela 2007 Malbec
Outstanding: Fanfare continues to grow for this minor Bordeaux variety, and many may not know that Earl Jones was one of the first in the Northwest to bottle Malbec on its own. This ranks among the best - and least expensive. There's still some adolescent to its nose with plums, cassis, blackberry, cherry cola, vanilla and fresh fig. Dark fruit plies its way to the smooth and balanced palate, joined by Montmorency cherry acidity and some crushed leaf. Chocolaty tannins give it length. (380 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Abacela 2008 Estate Dolcetto
Excellent: Here marked Andrew Wenzl's first vintage as head winemaker at Abacela, so this bodes well for the future. Black cherry, red currant, blueberry and Italian herb aromas lead to blueberries and more currants in the tongue-coating drink. The preservation of acidity and minor influence of oak make it very lively and rather Italian. (281 cases, 12.9% alc.)

Abacela 2009 Estate Viognier
Excellent: One of the first grapes to come off the Fault Line Vineyards reaps quick rewards. Orange Creamsicle, dusty apple, orchard blossom and lots of river rock notes fill the nose. Huge complexity awaits the drinker with Asian pear, jasmine and lemon curd flavors. For this variety, there's a remarkable amount of acidity and some orange pith bitterness in the finish. Thankfully, its screwcap should hold this still for a couple of years. (295 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Abacela 2007 Cabernet Franc
Recommended: True to the variety, it's cassis and plum with underlying tobacco leaf, pencil lead and green peppercorn aromas. It's plumy, cherry and chalky on the palate with leather notes in the background and blueberry tartness. (251 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Abacela 2009 Estate Albarino

Outstanding: Earl Jones continues to commit more acreage to this Iberian variety, and his team delivers a big victory. By eschewing oak, winemaker Andrew Wenzl allows for a cross-current of fruit to gush, and the amazingly complex aroma profile includes quince, dusty apple, Circus Peanut candy, orange and pineapple. Of course the annual hallmark of this wine is its bracing acidity and flaky minerality on the entry. And yet there's peach, pineapple, apple and French vanilla flavors and a remarkable lemon cream in the farewell. (1,148 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Abacela 2009 Estate Grenache Rose
Excellent: Particular blocks are targeted for this pink and perfumy sipper that opens with pomegranate, Rainier cherry, persimmon, cinnamon and vanilla aromas. Boysenberries and citrus spill onto the palate with bright acidity and a resumption of the pomegranate and cherry. There's no show of tannin, making this quite quaffable, with a bite of Cameo apple in the finish. (289 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Abacela 2007 Estate Port
Outstanding: One could call this the Northwest's most honest Port-style wine for a variety of reasons, starting with Earl Jones' adherence to Portuguese varieties Tempranillo (53%), Bastardo (19%), Tinta Amarela (13%), Tinta Cáo (9%) and Touriga Naçional (6%). The experience opens with mature aromas of blueberry, black cherry and dark toast. Fruit, oak and alcohol already are adroitly integrated on the palate with rich blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and Belgian chocolate flavors. And this is doubled the production of the 2006 vintage. (514 cases, 19% alc.)

Abacela 2009 Blanco Dulce
Recommended: Winemaker Andrew Wenzl used estate Viognier to craft this delicious dessert wine, one of the youngest in the competition. It opens with aromas of poached pears and vanilla, followed by rich flavors of apples, pears and honey. The 15% residual sugar is backed with good acidity. (16.9% alc., 91 cases)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Abacela at World of Wine Festival

The World of Wine Festival is Southern Oregon’s premier wine event showcasing the outstanding wines made exclusively with Southern Oregon grapes. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 28th from 5-9 p.m. at Del Rio Vineyards in Gold Hill.

In its eighth year, World of Wine highlights the expertise of local wine grape growers and the creativity of regional winemakers. Over forty wineries, including ours, will be in attendance pouring wines to pair with a delicious array of gourmet foods prepared by local artisan producers and renowned restaurants.

A professional judged wine competition will also take place before the festival with medalists announced just in time to taste at the event.

Tickets are $75 and available at www.worldofwinefestival.com or at Del Rio Vineyards, RoxyAnn Winery, Elegance Fine Wines, Schmidt Family Vineyards and Pacific Wine Club.

Come sip your way through our wonderful region!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Abacela to pour at TAPAS event in San Francisco

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.

Fort Mason Center
Herbst Pavilion
San Francisco, CA