Abacela 2009 South East Block Reserve Estate Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $55

By on July 19, 2014

abacela-south-east-block-estate-tempranillo-2009-labelThis Iberian grape variety gets its name from a Spanish term for early because it’s an early-ripening red, and this Cab-like grape was hand-picked from the Jones estate on Oct. 9. The all-French oak program, dominated by two-year-old barrels, presents balance in the nose as clove and vanilla sit behind black currant and blackberry aromas. There’s cherry, red currant, cola and chocolate on the palate, which shows maturity and food-friendly acidity. Suggested pairings include El Lechazo of Aranda de Duero — a traditional Spanish roast lamb dish.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 157 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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