Abacela NV Vintner’s Blend #13, Southern Oregon, $15

By on September 1, 2013

abacela-vintners-blend-13-labelBest Buy! There’s an Iberian profile to this robust red, and it will stand up nicely on any night with Mediterranean fare. An estate blend that’s led by Tempranillo (44%), it’s backed by eight other varieties, including Syrah (17%), Merlot (16%), Malbec, Dolcetto, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Tannat. The nose brings black cherry cola, plums, allspice and chalkboard dust, and it follows through with piquant flavors of black cherry, cranberry and pomegranate with cocoa powder.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 2,264 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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