Showing posts from October, 2013

Abacela's Albariño featured in 1859's "Wines that Surprise"

Wines That Surprise Digging deep to find new wine experiences in Oregon October 18 2013 By Tamara Belgard
“The only thing that should surprise me here is that some things still surprise me.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld Okay, so who doesn't like a good surprise? There are few things in life more delicious than a pleasantly unexpected experience or one that exceeds your expectations. When I drink a glass of wine and discover it exists in this happy place that lies somewhere between my predictions, assumptions and reality—I realize how much I love surprises. To be honest, not many wines surprise me these days. But when they do, it’s not something I keep to myself. The following wines are non-Pinot noir jaw-droppers that I must confess recently left me marveling at the wonder and brilliance of Oregon wine. Abacela 2012 Albariño: Absolutely ambrosial. Walking a very thin line between creaminess, crisp acidity and rich minerality, this wine will not only dazzle you with the color of suns…

Our 2010 Merlot is a "Wine of the Week" by Chuck Hill,

Our 2010 Merlot has already been selected as one of the "Wines of the Week" by Chuck Hill on

"Earl and Hilda Jones came to Oregon’s Umpqua Valley in the mid-1990s to grow and produce varietal Tempranillo – their favorite wine from Spain.  In just a few years they achieved that dream and then moved forward with production of other varietals that suited their estate climate or were available from nearby vineyards. ...This Merlot is a blend of 75% Merlot, 11% Cabernet, 11% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot, it offers character of fine Bordeaux from the right bank. Look for earthy cherry and plum with baking spice and leather leading to a medium palate with a lingering, complex finish. "

As of writing this post, the 2010 Merlot has yet to be released... and we are very excited about this vintage! 

Our 2012 Albarino makes Portland Monthly's article, "Oregon's 50 Best Wines 2013". Yahoo!


Abacela: Best of Fall in the West, Sunset Magazine


Abacela's Vintner's Blend #12 makes the Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100 Best Buys 2013"

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Chef-Maker Dinner with Chef Leather Storrs - Menu Posted!


2009 "South East Block" Reserve Tempranillo released!

Only our fourth reserve quality release of Tempranillo, the 2009 is a return to the "South East Block" that you might remember is the block that made our infamous 2000 vintage. 

This wine is a limited release and sells out quickly. Grab some 2009 Reserve Tempranillo today!

"Our reserve program is defined by quality and terroir. Our fourth reserve Tempranillo was sourced from the dry, sandy loam of South East Block. The aromas include expressive ripe blackberry, boysenberry jam, lavender, graphite, and leather. The flavors are intense and transcend a huge spectrum from ripe currants and plums, to savory spices. Perfectly balanced acidity, integrated oak and concentrated fruit culminate to a tannic, lengthy finish. This wine will improve in the cellar for ten to twelve years.  For a sumptuous feast, pair with the famous el lechazo of Aranda de Duero." - Winemaker, Andrew Wenzl