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Abacela featured in the Wine Spectator!

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"Abacela, the leading light of Umpqua Valley"
Wine Spectator, June 15, 2016

Southern Oregon grapes and wines play a supporting role in dozens of budget-priced bottlings carrying the statewide Oregon designation. But in the hands of talented growers and winemakers, grapes from distinct appellations such as Rogue Valley can make standout wines on their own. Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman explains:
Reviews:
ABACELA 2014 AlbariƱo Umpqua Valley, 89 points Vivid, lively and appealing, with lemony apple and grapefruit flavors, tripping lightly over refined acidity and finishing with presence.
ABACELA 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo Umpqua Valley, 88 points Gritty tannins present a challenge in this firm version, but the dark berry and coffee flavors emerge, lingering on the smoky finish.

Flowering in the indicator vine!

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Flowering in the indicator vines means we will have generally flowering throughout the vineyards within 10-12 days. Vintage 2016 is off to a great start!

New Tempranillo Ratings from the Wine Enthusiast

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Abacela earns two 90+ point ratings in the June 2016 issue of the Wine Enthusiast!

-  91 Points, 2013 South East Block Reserve Tempranillo
Moving up the ladder among Abacela's Tempranillo bottlings, this is packed with juicy, ripe black fruits. There are scent and flavor accents of tanned leather and savory herbs, and the wine is built for staying power. If there is a quibble to be made, it's that the tannins have a rather chalky residual flavor.

-  90 Points, 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo
Estate grown and aged in 31% new barrels, this offers dense purple fruits, scents of violets and mocha, and a smoky thread that carries into the finish. There are strong flavors of cedar box and graphite, and the tannins are chewy and substantial.

All reviews by Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (c). Read on WineMag.com.