Abacela 2012 Estate Port, Umpqua Valley, $25

By on March 3, 2015

abacela-estate-port-2012-labelPerhaps no one in the Pacific Northwest has as much research, effort and skill invested in their Port-style program as Earl and Hilda Jones, and their latest bottling from their Fault Line Vineyards near Roseburg, Ore., continues that tradition. Andrew Wenzl uses five traditional Portuguese varieties — Tempranillo (48%), Bastardo (19%), Tinta Amarela (18%), Tinta Cão (9%) and Touriga Naçional — and harvested them over a nine-day stretch starting Oct. 2. Fermenetation was halted at 10%, capturing aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, golden raisins, brown sugar, toasted filberts and Tootsie Roll. The alcohol already is nicely integrated, while slaty tannins add texture. Enjoy with a nibble of Stilton and a Hoya de Monterrey Excalibur Dark Knight. (Price reflected is for the 375-ml format).

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 322 cases

Alcohol: 19.5%

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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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