Abacela NV Estate Vintner’s Blend #15, Umpqua Valley, $18

By on January 7, 2016

abacela-vintners-blend-15In past years, this proprietary Mediterranean-styled red has included as many as a baker’s dozen varieties, but this edition stands at 10 grapes — leading with Tempranillo (37%), Syrah (26%) and Malbec (11%). There’s nice meatiness in the nose with good support from black currant, smoky cherries, dried blueberries and chalkboard dust. Inside, it’s a bold drink of blueberry, huckleberry and pomegranate flavors that bring firm tannins and a finish of caramel.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,593 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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