Press Northwest’s reigning Oregon Winery of the Year proves its
versatility once again with this Côte Rotie-style Syrah, and while
Andrew Wenzl celebrates his 10th anniversary at Abacela this year, the
2009 vintage marked just his second harvest as Earl & Hilda Jones’
head winemaker. He created for them a plummy and smoky nose that
includes touches of Aussie black licorice, Tootsie Roll and black olive.
There’s a rich and bold surge of blackberry and boysenberry syrup
that’s accented by pomegranate acidity, savory notes, dusty tannins and a
touch of maple in the finish. Enjoy with pork ribs rubbed with wine
salt and smoked on the Traeger.