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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…