Highlights from Wine Press Northwest's 2012 Platinum Judging:
"Abacela in Roseburg, Ore., won Platinums for all three of its entries.
That's consistency at a high level."
2011 Albariño, Umpqua Valley, $18: Owner Earl Jones was a pioneer in bringing this Iberian white variety to the Pacific Northwest, and he and winemaker Andrew Wenzl continue to craft one of the region's best. This is a bone-dry wine that is loaded with acidity on top of it. The result is a bold, steely wine with aromas of lime zest, Asian pears, gooseberries and lemons, followed by bracing flavors of quince, citrus and minerality. It's a beautiful and seamless wine from beginning to end and is the perfect pairing with scallops, swordfish or clam dip.
2011 Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $15: Andrew Wenzl's pink from this Rhone variety earned an "Outstanding!" rating from us this spring, and it's not slowing down. Aromas of strawberry/rhubarb compote, lime juice and peach blossom funnel into flavors focused on strawberries with underlying orange and tangy kumquat acidity.
2009 Estate Port, Umpqua Valley, $25: Abacela has crafted a superb and age-worthy fortified wine that includes Tempranillo, Tinta Amarela, Bastardo, Tinta Cao and Touriga Nacional, all from estate grapes. This powerful dessert wine opens with aromas of blueberries, boysenberries, cloves and raisins, followed by luscious flavors of elderberries, blueberries and plums. The wine is backed with cleansing acidity and fine-grain tannins. Enjoy this with Stilton cheeses.
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