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Abacela tops a Southern Oregon wines Reader Survey!

Reader Survey... And the winners are... By Christine Collier I'd like to thank everyone who voted in the first annual Reader Survey! The intentions for hosting the survey is to hear what Southern Oregon wines the readers thought were the most exciting from the past year  and which winery had most impressed them. By the turnout of votes, and record number of traffic to the blog post, it is easy to say this was a great year for Southern Oregon wine. I'm pleased to present this list.

2011 Red Wine of the Year 1. 2008 Del Rio Vineyards Claret 2. 2007 Abacela Reserve Tempranillo 3. 2005 Abacela Paramour 4. 2008 Troon Vineyard Zinfandel Reserve 5. 2008 Folin Cellars Estate Tempranillo
2011 White Wine of the Year 1. 2010 Abacela Albarino  2. 2010 Del Rio Vineyards Pinot Gris 3. 2010 Troon Vineyard Dry Riesling 4. 2010 Reustle-Prayer Rock Gruner Veltliner 5. 2010 Cowhorn Winery & Vineyard Spiral 36 Winery of the Year 1. Abacela 2. Del Rio Vineyards 3. Troon Vineyard 4. Cowhorn W…

Great new blog from the WineCatz!

Move over Pinot
By Craig

Say “Oregon Wine” and Pinot Noir rolls off the tongue. But we’re here to say that Tempranillo, (yes I said Tempranillo) in the right hands is a wine capable of reaching the same lofty heights as the best Pinot. And those right hands can be found at Abacela winery.

Having had the wonderful opportunity to attend a vertical Tempranillo tasting at Abacela this fall, we were able to experience the evolution of this wine through the years. From the 1998 Estate Tempranillo that won double gold medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition in 2000, to the 2007 Reserve of today, these wines showed an evolving greatness that makes us wonder if someday southern Oregon will be known for Tempranillo the way northern Oregon is for Pinot.

In the tasting, the 1998 has not lost the quality that allowed it to best all 19 Spanish Tempranillos it faced in the contest. Anise, raspberry and smoke on the nose. The wine still has bright cherry and raspberry fruit on the pala…

Oregon Wine Geeks - New Reviews!

2007 Cabernet franc Score: 93
A dark ruby red wine from a Umpqua Valley producer that consistently make good wine.  The nose is floral, black cherry, dark berry fruits, leather and vanilla.  This is a rich full bodied wine on the palate, generous dark fruit with a more tart acidic finish with a layered tannic structure beneath.  A very tasty Cabernet Franc with food or on its own. This has aging potential in the 5 to 8 year range but is good now.

2009 Garnacha Score: 92
I’ve been waiting to try this since my last visit to the vineyard, luckily 38 Central had it there this week. A light colored wine with a nose of pie cherry, vanilla, charcoal and slight white pepper.  The palate shows a nice fruit and complex layer of acid at the middle palate.  The finish is dry and tannic, supple overtones and very long finish.

Oregon Wine Press's article on our 2005 Paramour

Secret’s Out at Abacela

Umpqua winery unveils Paramour, a new wine with a long history

By Hilary Berg

If you ever have a secret you simply must tell someone, Earl Jones of Abacela is your man. Trust me, your secret will be safe.

You see, Earl and his wife, Hilda,  have been keeping a secret sincebefore they arrived in Oregon in 1994, when they bought property in Roseburg for the sole purpose of planting Tempranillo — the famed grape of the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain.

Of course, it’s no secret they planted Tempranillo in what they named Fault Line Vineyard, and that they’ve been bottling it — and winning many awards — since 1997. Nevertheless, the big secret does have to do with their estate fruit.

Earl and Hilda announced their news to an intimate group, this writer included, in the Havana Room at ¡Oba! In downtown Portland, on Thursday, Sept. 29.

“[We] have been involved in what seems like a lifelong project: to make a different kind of wine that hasn’t been made in this…

More kudos for our 2005 Paramour...

Recently, wine and food writer Janet Eastman published an article in the Mail Tribune that included our 2005 Paramour. The wine will be released to the public on November 13th at $90 per bottle or $540 for six bottles in a hand crafted wood box.

Janet commented, "if Abacela's wine-club members don't snag all 170 cases, you can spend $90 for a just-released bottle of 2005 Paramour, an American Gran Reserva-style Tempranillo”

In this article she quotes that Lorn Razzano of the venerable Ashland Wine Cellar wasn't shocked by the price:

"Earl Jones is one of the top five winemakers in the Northwest. As a quality statement, it might even be a bargain."

The 2005 Paramour is Abacela’s finest and most age worthy wine to date. It represents the pinnacle of Earl and Hilda's quest to pioneer fine Tempranillo in America.

Have you tried it yet?

Abacela featured on NW Vine Time radio!

Earl Jones was interviewed by Brian Bushlach for NW Vine Time on Newsradio 101 FM-KXL. 
Listen to the first audio segment here:

Paul Gregutt reviews our new 2005 Paramour...

introducing abacela’s gran reserva – paramourBy Paul Gregutt, Monday, October 17, 2011 Yesterday afternoon I popped the cork on a bottle of Abacela 2005 Paramour, which is being officially released to the world today. I have followed the efforts of Abacela’s Earl and Hilda Jones almost since their very first wines were released more than a decade ago. And I have never failed to be impressed with their vision, dedication, and (at times) dogged efforts to pioneer the cultivation of Iberian grapes – notably tempranillo – in southern Oregon’s Umpqua valley.

“We moved here to make this wine” is the opening quote from Earl Jones on the one-sheet that accompanied the bottle. In a phone call a week or so ago he elaborated on that thought.

“We’ve been trying to put together the components for a Gran Reserva style wine,” he explained in his soft southern drawl; “it’s been a dream since we came to Oregon. We’ve been very impressed with those kinds of wines, which are so much better …

2010 Grenache Rose rated "Outstanding!" and "Wine of the Week" by Wine Press Northwest.


New Article: Earl Jones, trip to Spain and knowlege garnered...

Winston winery benefits from recent trip to Spanish vineyards October, 12 2011; By Ryan Imondi, The News-Review
A wine-centric tour of northern Spain may help Douglas County's wine industry flourish, according to some who made the trip.

A group eight wine producers, educators and enthusiasts recently traveled to the Ribera del Duero region as part of a cultural exchange with Roseburg sister city Aranda de Duero.

Besides enjoying the cuisine and observing the culture, some who went hope to forge an alliance between the Umpqua Valley and one of Spain's noted wine-growing regions.

The regions have in common the tempranillo, a black grape that makes full-bodied red wines.

For centuries the grape was confined to Spain, but eventually was planted in small areas of California, Chile, Mexico and Australia.

Abacela winery owner Earl Jones became enamored with Spanish wines during a trip to Spain with his wife in the 1980s. He planted his first tempranillo grapes at his Winston-are…

New blog from Sommelier Wayne Walker

Oregon Wineries: from the journals of Sommelier Wayne WalkerWhen people refer to AVA’s (American Viticultural Area) in Oregon, they usually think of two designations: Willamette and Walla Walla. But the Wine-Jedi would say, “There is another.” It is designated as Southern Oregon and is comprised of Umpqua Valley, Red Hills Douglas County, Rogue Valley and Applegate Valley.
The modern era of grape growing in Oregon began in the Umpqua Valley just North of Roseburg in 1961 with the first planting of commercial vines. The complex topography of this area is marked by the convergence of three different mountain ranges. Where there’s mountains, there’s valleys and where there’s valleys at this latitude with Oregon’s potential for rich soil and greenhouse effect; there’s wine! It is identified as having 2,001,430 acres. A good deal of the agricultural part of this is vineyards.
I headed South about 65 miles today to have a look and was very impressed by the size and development of …

2011 Verjus released!


New article about recent trip to Spain... Tempranillo!

Tracking TempranilloStory and photography by Janet Eastman Some people will go to great lengths to learn about wine. 
In early September, eight Roseburg residents flew 6,000 miles to study Tempranillo in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. For three days, the group, led by Earl Jones of Abacela, walked across silty soil and into damp wine cellars.
They toured high-production wineries with fortresses of American-made oak barrels, and they visited contemporary tasting rooms, where they sipped wine made in individually temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. 
But they were never far from the past.
In every village they entered, they discovered artifacts of this region’s 2,000-year-old wine history: Roman mosaics, hand-hewn wine presses, old bush vines. In the small town of Penaranda de Duero, the tourist office is inside a 300-year-old bodega with a fermentation tank that looks like a swimming pool. 
The group of winemakers, teachers and civic supporters even found a way for Oregon stud…