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Vintner's Blend #16 "Wine of the Week" by Wine Press Northwest

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Vintner's Blend #16
Appellation: Umpqua Valley The robust Spanish grape Tempranillo is the historic headliner at storied Abacela in Southern Oregon, and so it understandably makes up essentially half of this Mediterranean-style blend that calls upon 11 varieties. Syrah is the next grape up (21%) for winemaker Andrew Wenzl, who used it to create remarkable balance while toning down the tannins. There’s still ample grip, yet there’s an abundance of fruitiness to match. The nose features hints of black currant, cherry and lingonberry with touches of caramel corn and oregano. Inside, blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate flavors are joined by tannins reminiscent of espresso grounds, which are led out by a raspberry cream finish. Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (13.7% alc.) Price: $18
Cases produced: 2,486
Food pairings: Enjoy with anything pulled off the barbecue. Wine Press Northwest

SIP Northwest Magazine: Just Desserts, Sweet Wines of the Pacific Northwest

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Our 2013 Estate Port is featured in Sip Northwest Magazine's Winter 2017 issue. 

Sipping Sweets
2013 Estate Port - This beautiful wine is inky dark in the glass with aromas of black cherry, dark plum, brambleberry, dates, savory spices and dark chocolate. 

Strength in Numbers: Fortified Bottlings
Abacela Winery in Southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley produces two dessert wines in this traditional style with Portuguese grapes. Earl Jones, owner of Abacela, says the sloping hillside microclimates of his valley are quite similar to that of western Portugal's main dessert wine region, the Douro Valley, where Port is produced. For that reason, he grows classic Portuguese varieties like Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Bastardo, Tinta Cão and Touriga Naçional; five of the over 30 varieties allowed in Port production



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New Abacela video from Xplore Film

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Abacela's Earl Jones talking about the history and future of his trailblazing vineyard and winery located in Oregon's Umpqua Valley.

2014 Garnacha rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine

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2014 Barrel Select Garnacha
Outstanding! Great Northwest Wine

In recent years, Andrew Wenzl’s work with Grenache has earned considerable praise — whether it be his stunning rosé or the Barrel Select program. The transition from vineyard to cellar in 2014 began Oct. 7 at the ripeness level of 25 Brix, which seems to be customary for standalone bottlings of this Rhône variety. 

The 100% neutral French oak program keeps the focus on juicy aromas and flavors of plum, boysenberry and pomegranate with sweet herbs and a remarkable mouth feel. Its finish of blackberry and Montmorency cherry extends. 

Indeed, the Jones family’s Fault Line Vineyards continue to serve as a Southern Oregon talisman for Iberian Peninsula grape varieties. 

The 2013 Garnacha earned a gold medal at the 2016 Oregon Wine Competition. This year, the 2014 already is generating headlines, starting with a double gold at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle.

 Enjoy with Mushroom Croque-Monsieur.





2014 Barrel Select Garnacha