Abacela consistently produces one of Oregon's best Merlots, avoiding the tough, green tannins that often characterize the wines. This young, tart wine includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in the blend, giving it extra weight and richness in the mid-palate. Lightly smoky, with plenty of compact but powerful black fruits.
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.