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Medals & Ratings


Abacela Winery 2019 Estate Grenache Rosé
Rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine, October 1, 2020
"As much acclaim as the Jones family has merited for its work with Albariño, Tempranillo and Port programs, they’ve also earned five career Platinums from Wine Press Northwest magazine via its rosé. That success began with the 2008 vintage – Andrew Wenzl’s first as head winemaker. His latest example has qualified for the 2020 Platinum via gold medals at three West Coast competitions, and our panel would agree with those awards. The festive color waves you in for some fun and tickles the fancy by bringing hints of pink grapefruit, Rainier cherry, honeydew melon and strawberry/watermelon. Its structure is compelling, clean and refreshing with a raspberry finish that’s ideal for tapas. This fall, 25% of Abacela’s sales of this rosé, its Albariño and Syrah will be donated to the Greater Douglas County United Way for wildfire relief."

Wine Press Northwest, Fortified Wine Tasting, September 2020
Unanimously Outstanding!, 2014 Estate Port
If there’s tasting that focuses on varieties native to the Iberian Peninsula, bet on a wine from Abacela finishing near the top. In this case, it was an Abacela Port-style wine from the warm 2014 vintage that finished No. 1. Andrew Wenzl, in his second decade as winemaker for the Jones family, worked with five grapes found in Portugal for this superb effort. Harvest arrived Oct. 3 for this blend of Tempranillo (43%), Tinta Amarela (15%), Bastardo (17%), Tinta Cão (13%) and Touriga Naçional (12%) that comes together as a total package. It’s dense, fruit-forward, fresh and complex, featuring lots of dark purple fruit with hints of sweet herbs and nuttiness. Those layers of complexity finish with licks of cherry pie and butterscotch. And despite the hedonism, it’s still in its youth. (199 cases of 375-ml bottles, 55 cases of 750-ml bottles, 20.4% alc.)

Outstanding!, 2008 10-year Tawny Port
Tinta Roriz, the authentic clone used in Douro Port production, was an early trial at Abacela, and it formed the foundation of this beautifully aged tawny Port-style that includes Bastardo (30%), Tinta Amarela (11%), Tinta Cão (9%) and Touriga Naçional (6%). Earl Jones and his winemaker, Andrew Wenzl deemed the 2008 vintage as less than stellar for their traditional Port-style program, so they created a tawny project, which they split in half — one that would spend five years in barrel and the other in barrel for a decade. When in barrel at least seven years, the Portuguese refer to these styles as colheita, pronounced col-YATE-tuh. This serves as an ideal introduction to the world of Port-style wines, starting with its relative freshness and cherry-driven approach. Vibrant red fruit tones come with raisin, coffee, chocolate and vanilla notes and underlying leatheriness. There’s finesse, appropriate levels of sugar (9%) and a deliciously nutty finish. One judge said, “It has everything that I love.” And the Joneses suggest serving it with pecan pie or chocolate. (248 cases, 19% alc.)

Outstanding!, 2015 Estate Port
Four years of bottle aging by winemaker Andrew Wenzl has the current release of Abacela’s vintage Port-style program already in “Outstanding!” territory, and history indicates this is just a baby. As usual for the Southern Oregon wine industry’s iconic property, five traditional varieties come into play in the form of Tempranillo (37%), Tinta Amarela (28%), Tinta Cão (14%), Touriga Naçional (11%) and Bastardo (10%). They yield perfumy aromas of Marionberry, Simpkin’s Blackcurrant Drops, cherry soda, cedar and dried herbs. The fluid is dense yet friendly with dark cherry, plum and nutmeg. Its immense structure bodes well for cellaring — as this tasting would later reveal — finishing with cocoa powder and black currant. Enjoy with Black Forest Cake, a wedge of Stilton or toasted filberts. (300 cases of 375-ml bottles, 42 cases of 750-ml bottles, 19.5% alc.) 

Outstanding!, 2001 Estate Port
The most mature — and priciest — entry into this tasting of Northwest fortified wines also ranked among the best. Historically, this is just the second commercial vintage-style Port by Earl Jones, and these were young vines at the time — seven-year-old Tinta Roriz and fifth-leaf Bastardo. (The Tinta Roriz ultimately under-performed and was grafted over to Grenache Alban a decade later.) It’s quite fascinating in that the nose presents itself as an aged red wine rather than “porty,” hinting at strawberry candy and dusty raspberry with notes of herbs and tobacco leaf. There’s nice richness and complexity to flavors with dusty dark red fruit, just a hint of Raisinet and a gentle yet sweet finish that screams for a cigar. Suggestions range from Stilton cheese, walnuts, honey-coated pecans and toffee. (14 cases, 20.3% alc.)

2020 Millennial Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal, 2017 Fiesta Tempranillo

2020 Oregon Wine Experience Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal, 2015 Reserve Malbec 
Gold Medal, 2019 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2017 Fiesta Tempranillo

Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 2020
91 points & Editors' Choice, 2019 Albariño 
90 points & Editors' Choice, 2019 Grenache Rosé

2020 Sunset International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2019 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2017 Fiesta Tempranillo 

2020 Experience Rosé Wine Competition
95 points & Double Gold Medal, 2019 Grenache Rosé

Wine Enthusiast, April 2020
93 points, 2015 South East Block Reserve Tempranillo
93 points & Editors' Choice, 2015 South Face Block Reserve Syrah
92 points & Editors' Choice, 2016 Barrel Select Tinta Amarela
92 points & Cellar Selection, 2016 Malbec
92 points, 2015 Syrah
91 points, 2016 Barrel Select Tempranillo 
91 points, 2015 East Hill Block Reserve Malbec
90 points, 2017 Tannat
90 points & Editors' Choice, 2016 Fiesta Tempranillo

American Fine Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal, 2016 Fiesta Tempranillo
Double Gold Medal, 2015 Reserve Malbec 
Gold Medal, 2018 Albariño 
Gold Medal, 2015 Reserve Tempranillo

Wine Enthusiast
Top 100 Wines of 2018, #61, 2015 Fiesta Tempranillo
92 points & Editors' Choice, 2015 Fiesta Tempranillo
"Fiesta is the entry-level cuvée among four different Abacela Tempranillos. To say this wine overdelivers is to understate its impact. The estate-grown fruit sends up gamy scents that conjure up dreams of blood sausage and lead down a deep, dark entryway into a core of blue plum, black cherry and cassis fruits. Some barrel time adds licorice and clove, with tannic muscle invigorating the finish."
92 points & Editors' Choice, 2017 Albariño
"Nothing has changed here in this new vintage, and that's a good thing. Rich, leesy and dense with ripe fruit flavors of apple, pear, peach and guava, if anything it's even more generously endowed than the glorious 2015. Refreshing minerality completes the picture."

Wine Press Northwest
Outstanding!, 2015 Fiesta Tempranillo
"A recent study by Wine Business Monthly magazine pointed out that while the Spanish red variety Tempranillo — pronounced temp-rah-KNEE-oh — is the world’s fourth-most planted grape, only 5 percent of the 9,091 wineries in the U.S. produce a Tempranillo. That includes 76 in Oregon, 54 in Washington and six in Idaho. Back in 1997, Southern Oregon's Earl Jones of Abacela became the first in the U.S. to grow, produce and bottle Tempranillo. That wine was a product of vines he planted on Memorial Day 1995. Along the way, his viticulture research and work in the cellar with clone 2 has been critical to the success of Abacela’s largest production Tempranillo — the approachable and ready-to-enjoy Fiesta. This latest release by head winemaker Andrew Wenzl shows great balance to the ripe plums and blackberry notes. A hint of mocha lingers in the background of tannins akin to plum skins. Judges from across the U.S. and Canada awarded this screw-capped red a gold medal at the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition in Richland, Wash."

2018 Oregon Wine Experience
Double Gold Medal, 2017 Albariño
Gold Medal, 2017 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2015 Malbec

2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2017 Albariño
Gold Medal, 2017 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2015 Fiesta Tempranillo
Silver Medal, Vintner's Blend #18

2018 Savor NW Wine Awards
92 points & Gold Medal, 2015 Malbec 

2018 Greatest of the Grape
Peoples' Choice "Greatest of the Grape", 2014 Tempranillo-Malbec

2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2014 Reserve Tempranillo
Gold Medal, 2013 Estate Port

2018 SIP Classic Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2015 Fiesta Tempranillo
Gold Medal, 2016 Muscat

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2018
94 points & Editors’ Choice, 2014 Reserve Tempranillo
93 points & Editors’ Choice, 2014 Reserve Syrah
93 points & Editors’ Choice, 2014 Reserve Malbec
91 points, Vintner’s Blend #17

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Double Platinum Medal, 2016 Grenache Rosé
Platinum Medal, 2016 Albariño
Platinum Medal, 2014 Garnacha
Platinum Medal, 2016 Muscat

SIP Northwest, Best of the Northwest 2017
Double Gold Medal, 2013 Estate Port
Gold Medal, 2014 Fiesta Tempranillo 
Judges' Pick, 2016 Albariño

Oregon Wine Press
Cellar Select, 2016 Albariño

2017 Oregon Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2016 Albariño

Wine Enthusiast
92 points & Editors' Choice, 2016 Albariño
91 points & Editors' Choice, 2014 Tannat
91 points, 2016 Viognier
91 points, 2014 Malbec

2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2016 Grenache Rosé (93 points)

2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2016 Albariño
Silver Medal, 2014 Garnacha
Silver Medal, 2016 Grenache Rosé

2017 Sunset Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2014 Fiesta Tempranillo
Silver Medal, 2016 Albariño

2017 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Best Rosé of Show, 2016 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2016 Muscat
Silver Medal, 2016 Albariño
Silver Medal, 2014 Garnacha

2017 Cascadia Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2014 Garnacha
Silver Medal, 2016 Muscat
Silver Medal, 2016 Viognier

Wine Press Northwest
Outstanding!, 2013 Barrel Select Malbec

2017 Judgment of Geyserville IV
Gold Medal, 2014 Garnacha

Great Northwest Wine
Outstanding!, Vintner's Blend #16 
Outstanding!, 2014 Garnacha

2017 Greatest of the Grape
Peoples' Choice "Best Red Wine", 2014 Tannat

Savor NW Wine Awards
Gold Medal, 2014 Graciano
Gold Medal, 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo
Silver Medal, 2013 Estate Port

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal, 2014 Garnacha
Silver Medal, 2015 Albariño
Silver Medal, 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo

The Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2013 Barrel Select Malbec
Silver Medal, 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
91 points, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo
90 points, 2014 Graciano
90 points & Editors' Choice, Vintner's Blend #16
89 points, 2014 Garnacha

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Double Platinum, 2015 Grenache Rosé
Platinum, 2015 Muscat 
Double Gold, 2015 Albariño
Double Gold, 2015 Blanco Dulce
Double Gold, 2013 Garnacha
Double Gold, 2012 Malbec
Double Gold, 2013 Barrel Select Syrah 
Double Gold, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo 

Six Nations Wine Challenge
Gold Medal, 2014 Albariño

WinesNW.com
"Wines of the Week", 2013 Barrel Select Malbec

Portrait of Portland Magazine
"Top 12 Northwest Rosé Wines", 2015 Grenache Rosé

Oregon Wine Press
Cellar Select, 2013 Tannat

2016 Oregon Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal, 2015 Albariño
Gold Medal, 2013 Garnacha
Gold Medal, 2015 Blanco Dulce
Silver Medal, 2012 Reserve Tempranillo

2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Best Rosé, Double Gold Medal, 2015 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2013 Barrel Select Syrah

2016 NorthWest Wine Summit
Gold Medal, 2015 Blanco Dulce
Silver Medal, 2015 Albariño
Silver Medal, 2013 Dolcetto
Silver Medal, 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo

2016 Oregon Wine Awards
Gold Medal, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo 
Silver Medal, 2015 Albariño 

2016 Los Angeles International Wine Awards
Best of Class & Gold Medal, 2015 Albariño

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
91 Points, 2013 South East Block Reserve Tempranillo
90 Points, 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo

2016 Sunset International Wine Competition
Best of Class & Gold Medal, 2015 Albariño
Silver Medal, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo

Wine Spectator
89 Points, 2014 Albariño
89 Points, 2014 Grenache Rosé 
88 Points, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo

Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Best of Class & Gold Medal, 2015 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2015 Albariño
Gold Medal, 2015 Muscat

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
90 Points, 2015 Blanco Dulce
90 Points, 2015 Muscat
89 Points, 2015 Viognier
88 Points, 2015 Albariño
88 points, 2015 Grenache Rosé 

Cascadia Wine Competition
Best of Class & Gold Medal, 2015 Blanco Dulce
Double Gold Medal, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo
Gold Medal, 2015 Muscat
Silver Medal, 2015 Viognier

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
93 Points & Cellar Selection, 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec 
92 Points & Editors’ Choice, 2012 Barrel Select Syrah
91 Points & Editors’ Choice, 2013 Barrel Select Malbec
90 Points, 2013 Barrel Select Tinta Amarela
89 Points & Editors' Choice, Vintner's Blend #15
89 Points, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo

Greatest of the Grape
Best Wine "Greatest of the Grape", 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec
Best Wine & Food Pairing 

Terroirist.com
92 Points, 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Platinum Medal, 2014 Albariño
Platinum Medal, 2014 Grenache Rosé

2015 Great Northwest Wine Invitational
Double Gold Medal, 2014 Grenache Rosé 

2015 Sunset International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2014 Grenache Rosé

2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2012 Fiesta Tempranillo
Gold Medal, Vintner's Blend #14
Gold Medal, 2014 Muscat
Silver Medal, 2014 Viognier

2015 Greatest of the Grape, Professional Judging
Gold Medal, 2012 Malbec

2014 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal, 2012 Malbec
Gold Medal, 2012 Fiesta Tempranillo

Seattle Times: Top 50 of 2014 
#39, 2013 Muscat

Wine Press Northwest's "Top 100 Wines of 2014
#92, 2012 Garnacha
#81, 2010 Estate Syrah

2014 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Gold Medal, 2012 Garnacha
Double Gold, 2013 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2011 Malbec
Double Gold, 2010 Estate Syrah
Gold Medal, 2013 Viognier

2014 Great Northwest Wine Invitational
Double Gold & Best of Class, 2012 Garnacha
Double Gold, 2010 Estate Syrah

2014 World of Wine Competition
Best of Class & Double Gold Medal, 2013 Albariño
Best of Class, 2013 Grenache Rosé

2014 Oregon Wine Awards
Double Gold Medal, 2013 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2010 Estate Syrah 
Gold Medal, 2011 Malbec
Silver Medal, 2011 Merlot

2014 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Best of Class, 2013 Albariño
Best of Class, 2013 Grenache Rosé
Best of Class, 2013 Viognier

Great Northwest Wine

Outstanding!, 2013 Muscat
Excellent, 2010 Estate Syrah
Excellent, 2011 Fiesta Tempranillo

2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal, 2009 South East Block Reserve Tempranillo
Double Gold Medal, 2012 Viognier

2014 Savor NW Wine Awards
Silver Medal, 2010 Malbec
Silver Medal, Vintner's Blend #13

WinesNW.com
"Wines of the Week", 2010 Merlot

2014 Dallas Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2012 Albariño

Wine Press Northwest's Platinum Judging
Double Platinum Award, 2012 Albariño

2013 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Best of Class & Gold Medal, 2012 Grenache Rosé

2013 Great Northwest Wine Competition
"Best White" of Show 2012 Albariño

2013 Savor NW Wine Awards
Gold Medal, 2011 Albariño
Gold Medal, 2009 Merlot
Gold Medal, 2009 Estate Tempranillo

Wine Enthusiast
90 points & #91 of Top 100 Best Buys 2013, Vintner's Blend #12

2013 McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2011 Albariño
Bronze Medal, 2010 Blanco Dulce

2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2011 Albariño
Gold Medal, 2009 Reserve Syrah

Wine Press Northwest's Platinum Judging
Platinum Medal, 2011 Albariño
Platinum Medal, 2011 Grenache Rosé
Platinum Medal, 2009 Estate Port

2012 Sunset International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2011 Albariño

2012 World of Wine Festival Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal, 2009 Estate Port
Gold Medal, 2011 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2009 Malbec

2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2009 Port

2012 NorthWest Wine Summit
Gold Medal & Jerry Mead Award, 2011 Grenache Rosé

2012 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Best of Class & Gold Medal, 2011 Albariño

Wine Spectator 
90 points, 2009 Malbec

2012 Riverside Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2009 Tempranillo

2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2011 Grenache Rosé

2012 Greatest of the Grape
Gold Medal, Best Red Wine and Greatest of the Grape Award, 2007 Reserve Tempranillo

2012 Dallas Morning News & TexSom Competition
Gold Medal, 2010 Albariño

2011 Northwest Wine Summit
Gold Medal, 2008 Tempranillo

2011 Riverside International Wine Competition 
Gold Medal, 2010 Albariño

2011 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Best of Class & Gold Medal, 2010 Albariño

Wine Press Northwest's Platinum Judging
Platinum Medal, 2009 Albariño

2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2007 Tempranillo Estate
Silver Medal, 2009 Albariño

2010 World of Wine Festival
Gold Medal, 2008 Garnacha
Silver Medal, 2009 Albariño
Silver Medal, 2008 Dolcetto

2010 Riverside International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2009 Albariño

2009 Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Double Gold Medal, 2006 Tempranillo Estate
Silver Medal, 2008 Albariño
Silver Medal, 2006 Port

2009 World of Wine Festival
Gold Medal, 2008 Albariño

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 
Gold Medal, 2006 Tempranillo Estate

2009 Tempranillos al Mundo, Spain 
Gold Medal, 2005 Reserve Tempranillo

2009 International Eastern Wine Competition 
Gold Medal, 2006 Tempranillo Estate
Silver Medal, 2008 Albariño

2009 NorthWest Wine Summit
Gold Medal, 2006 Tempranillo Umpqua Cuvee
Silver Medal, 2008 Albariño
Silver Medal, 2006 Port

2009 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2008 Albariño

2009 Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition 
Finalist, 2008 Albariño

Wine Press Northwest, Platinum Judging
Double Gold Medal, 2007 Albariño
Double Gold Medal, 2006 Dolcetto
Gold Medal, 2005 Tempranillo Reserve

2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2007 Albariño

 

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