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2016 Cascadia Wine Competition Results are in!

Abacela takes home top honors at this year's Cascadia Wine Competition. (Formally know as the Great NW Wine Competition.)

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 …

Eugene Magazine; Celebrating Oregon's AVAs

Abacela's 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo was chosen to represent the Umpqua Valley AVA (American viticultural area) in the Eugene Magazine's "Celebrating Oregon's AVAs" article, Spring 2016 issue. 
In the early 1960s, the late Richard Sommer planted vinifera grapes in the rain shadow of the Callahan Ridge, reviving Oregon wine in that area. 
Since then, the Umpqua Valley and its many sub-valleys have boomed with fine wines. Earl and Hilda Jones, experimental scientists, traveled through Spain's Rioja region and encountered great tempranillo reds. They came back to the U.S., moved to Roseburg, and planted vines on the steep slopes of one of Oregon's most beautiful vineyards. 
Abacela 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo is truly superb, rich and deep, ready for pairing with spring lamb or beef hot form the grill. It has gained well-deserved recognition internationally as a rival of the great reds from Rioja.

Wine Enthusiast Ratings are in!

Abacela earns four 90+ point ratings and three Editors' Choice in the April 2016 issue of the Wine Enthusiast!

-    93 points & Cellar Selection, 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec The winery notes that this is their 16th vintage of Malbec, but just the first reserve bottling. Intense aromatics introduce a wine saturated with black fruits, coffee liqueur, soy and tobacco. It offers exceptional depth and power. Drink now through 2025. -    92 points & Editors' Choice, 2012 Barrel Select Syrah This terrific wine is classically varietal, with beautifully defined flavors of cured meats, tobacco, coffee, lavender and peppercorn, all in service to ripe purple fruits. Impeccably balanced, it conveys finesse.
-    91 points & Editors' Choice, 2013 Barrel Select Malbec This outstanding Malbec dazzles with scents of tobacco and chocolate, flavors of sour cherry and plum, and impressive concentration and persistence. The flavors gather strength and focus, adding details of…

Abacela awarded the Greatest of the Grape

Abacela won both of the People's Choice awards for at the 46th annual Greatest of the Grape Wine Gala in Canyonville, OR on March 5th. 

The Greatest of the Grape:
2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec

The Best Wine & Food Pairing: 
Sous Vide K-Bar Beef Tenderloin with Pomegranate Molasses Demi-Glacé, K-Bar Steakhouse at Seven Feathers Casino.

Read the full winners list.