Monday, December 26, 2011

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
4. 2008 Troon Vineyard Zinfandel Reserve
5. 2008 Folin Cellars Estate Tempranillo

2011 White Wine of the Year
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
2. Del Rio Vineyards
3. Troon Vineyard
4. Cowhorn Winery & Vineyard
5. Red Lily Vineyard & Quady North Wines
Congratulations to all!

Friday, December 23, 2011

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 palate, the tannins soft and a bit chalky. On the other end of the tasting, the 2007 Reserve, just released this fall, lives up to its pedigree with the same rich fruit with undertones of sandalwood and sweet fig and an undercurrent of white chocolate and nutmeg. Complex and delicious today and should improve for 6 to 8 years.

The Catz current “fav” for price to deliciousness ratio is Abacela’s 2007 Estate Tempranillo. Bursting with plummy fruit, licorice, wildflowers and a hint of eucalyptus, ready to drink today or hold for a bit (we wouldn’t be able to wait) and a good deal at around $35 retail.