Abacela was founded on the premise that this unique site in central Oregon was perfectly suited to Tempranillo, and they have done an excellent job of proving themselves right. The complex aromas suggest cedar and mint, raspberries and blue fruits. The wine is tart and the tannins tight; it seems quite youthful and hard. Surely a wine to cellar for up to a decade.
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.