Moving up the ladder among Abacela's Tempranillo bottlings, this is packed with juicy, ripe black fruits. There are scent and flavor accents of tanned leather and savory herbs, and the wine is built for staying power. If there is a quibble to be made, it's that the tannins have a rather chalky residual flavor.
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.