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

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

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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