A blend of Umpqua and Applegate valley fruit that's scented with new oak and hints of licorice, cassis and black olives. The ability of Abacela to evoke Spanish nuances in their many wines extends even to this Syrah. It does not taste like Syrah from elsewhere in Oregon, nor does it resemble anything from the West Coast. It is ripe, tough, spicy and tart, and it's packed with delicious fruit and well-defined acids.
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.