100% Tempranillo from Umpqua Valley, Oregon.
SRP of $35 and available for as low as $29. Sample received courtesy the winemaker and TAPAS for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"The eleventh release of our flagship Tempranillo continues the tradition of quality and excellence expected from our terroir. The penetrating color and compelling aromas allude to the concentration of flavors which follow. Ripe black fruits, savory spice, and well defined tannins convincingly whisper quality. This wine will improve for six to eight years and offers a large plateau of maturity. Decanting is recommended.
The accomplishments of Abacela, "a vineyard and winery under the Oregon sun", with Spanish and Portugese winegrapes like this Tempranillo, have established our reputation as a modern era pioneer and leading producer of native Iberian varietal wines in America.
It's Saturday, which means it's time for the next wine in the new Saturday Splurge series on wines over $20. Today's wine comes from Abacela winery which grows traditional Spanish and Portugese grapes in Oregon. In fact, Abacela was the first winery in the Pacific Northwest to plant Tempranillo and I, for one, think they deserve a big thank you.
The 2007 Abacela Estate Tempranillo is a big and bold wine without having a ton of oak, which really lets the fruit shine. But this wine is definitely not one dimensional. It all begins with pleasing aromas of ripe blackberry, plum, spice and some floral notes. This sophisticated Tempranillo tastes very smooth and succulent with deep well integrated tannins. It also features layers of dark fruit, lovely dense spice, a bit of sour cherry and dried herbs. The long, dry finish just keeps on going. Delicioso!
Also check these reviews of other American grown Tempranillo:
- The Longoria Clover Creek Vineyard Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, California: America The Beautiful (Saturday Splurge)
- The Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo from Lodi, California: Organic and Dynamic.
- The St. Amant Amador County Tempranillo from Amador County, California: Made In The U.S.A.
- The Curran Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, California: A Decadently Delicious Saturday Splurge
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.