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.
Our 2015 Albariño receives a Best in Class distinction for its unanimous Gold Medal placement from the 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition.
NEW WORLD WHITES Abacela 2015 Albariño(Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon, $21) This Oregon take on the white wine of Spain’s Rías Baixas region is a home run, with vibrant white peach, pear, and citrus fruit and complex hints of mineral, chamomile, and white pepper. See it in the October 2016 issue of Sunset Magazine:
2015 Blanco Dulce - Best of Class & Gold Medal Southern Oregon winemaker Andrew Wenzl crafted a beauty of a dessert wine here, using estate Albariño that hung on the vines and accumulated sweetness well past its normal harvest time. Aromas of honey-glazed apricot and intense Christmas spices lead to flavors of candied orange peel, poached peach and vanilla ice cream. It is a stunning dessert wine.
2013 Tempranillo Fiesta - Double Gold Medal The Northwest Tempranillo master has proved his expertise once again. Earl Jones’ Abacela estate grapes from 2013, put into the capable hands of winemaker Andrew Wenzl, were used in this fruit-forward wine aptly called Fiesta. And you’ll want to start a celebration of your own after sampling it. Its nose opens with mint, spicy oak and nimble cherries. In the mouth, the cherries are dark, dipping down toward dark Marionberry …