Showing posts from May, 2011

New Reviews from the Midwest Wine Guy

2010 Albariño Albariño isn't a wine that is produced by every winery in the United States, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to taste this wine.  The 2010 vintage is full of fresh fruits on the nose and in the mouth - pineapple, apple, and yellow ripe pears.  There is a floral aroma and a taste of orange creamsicle towards the end.  Sometimes there is a residual bitterness in Albarino, but you don't have any of this with this wine.  I love the fact that this is all estate grown fruit and crafted in just the manner the winemaker intended.  Most Albarino is around 11% - 12.5% ABV, and this one teters just above 13%, but it isn't a distraction at all.  I think they've done a bang up job here and this wine is a winner! Score:  91 Full blog
The 2007 Estate Tempranillo from Abacela Vineyards & Winery is their 11th release.  Decanted.  Red-purple ink in the glass, the wine initially presents itself with very ripe blackberries and black cherries combined with Med…

Earl Jones only US panelist at Tempranillo Event

May 7, 2011; After 500 years the Spanish are again invading the Americas! Well at least San Francisco and New York; their mission being, to promote Tempranillo wines from the world-famous Rioja wine growing region of Spain. Toward this end they held a series of tastings and seminars on their noble Tempranillo grape and wines in these cities. Earl Jones, of Abacela Winery in Roseburg Oregon, was asked to join them in San Francisco. He was the only American producer invited to sit on the seminar’s prestigious five member panel of Spanish wine makers and wine journalists. The extensive “Vibrant Rioja” Seminar and Grand Tasting were both held at the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco on Monday May 2, 2011. In the early 1990's Earl and his wife Hilda pioneered the production of Tempranillo in America at their vineyards in southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley. Although late to arrive in the New World, this noble Spanish wine grape is now planted in 20 US states …