Abacela is pioneering this grape in the Pacific Northwest, and making a strong case for it. This is a complex wine, showing a mix of leather, herb, mineral and dark fruits. It's balanced and tough, with a meaty concentration that suggests ageworthiness.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.