"One winery showcasing the serious capability of Albariño and Tempranillo is Abacela and while this family run winery is delving into the heart of Spanish wine, they are doing it without a heavy hand. Tempranillo is the gilded gem grape of reds in Spain; many of which are dominated with the characteristic trait of big American oak, but that is not the case with Abacela. The dominant use of French oak with Tempranillo allows for Abacela to show the shining potential Tempranillo actually has in this little patch of place in southern Oregon. If Tempranillo is king, Albariño is the reigning queen of white wines from Spain. Abacela shows this queen can be quite the princess in the New World, with all the crisp acidity but bigger on fruit than those wines from the motherland."
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