Abacela 2011 Fiesta Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $23

By on August 20, 2014

abacela-fiesta-tempranillo-2011-bottleIt shouldn’t take much of a safari to find the latest example from the Pacific Northwest’s leading producer of Tempranillo, especially with the yellow screwcap. This fruit-forward bottling shows just a touch of French oak in the nose with Muscavado sugar and cinnamon leading the way for ripe raspberry, red cherry, white pepper and cedar. There’s a deliciously bold delivery of black cherry, President plum and pomegranate flavors, backed by a structure of tannin and acidity that’s reminiscent of some Cabs. Suggested pairings include chorizo, Manchego cheese and grilled fare.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,726 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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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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