Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Reviews from the Midwest Wine Guy

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 Mediterranean spices.  The palate presents warm and ripe black fruits, spices of sage, nutmeg and white pepper, and dried rose petal.  There are great flavor separations going on here that eventually combine with refined tannins to create a structured and lingering wine.  This wine can be enjoyed now or within the next 10 years. Score:  92 Full blog

Thanks to Jeff Lawson for taking the time to taste and review our wines!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Earl Jones only US panelist at Tempranillo Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 and Tempranillo wine is produced by over one hundred US wineries.
In the past decade Earl founded the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers, and Amigos Society (TAPAS) and served three terms as president of this national trade organization. Today TAPAS, with over 100 members in several states, is actively promoting and educating Americans about domestically produced wines from Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha and other winegrapes and wine styles native to Spain and Portugal.