Paramour 2005

Paramour 2005

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Winemaker Notes

“We knew that this 2005 vintage would be the first Paramour release right at the crushpad. The exquisitely ripe fruit was in perfect condition, and we selected only the finest lots for the Paramour concentrating on making a proprietary Tempranillo blend that is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Earl Jones

2005 Vintage
All fruit was sourced from our estate. The vintage was characterized by a remarkably rainy spring and a dry, warm summer in which heat stress was minimal. Harvest extended from September 26 - October 24.  Each variety and block was harvested separately, destemmed but not crushed, and processed by gravity flow in small, one-ton batches.

After cold-soaking, each batch was inoculated with yeast and fermentations were managed with punch downs two to three times daily so as to peak temperatures in the low 90s. The free and press wines were directed to separate tanks which were inoculated with malolactic starter, the gross lees settled and the wine moved to barrels in the cellar below. Only the finest lots were selected for blending trials and only those that made the blend greater than the sum of its parts were included.

Paramour is Abacela’s finest and most age worthy wine.  It is the culmination of our dream and 20-year odyssey to craft an American Gran Reserva style Tempranillo that was, until now, only made in Spain.

A Middle English word meaning “other love”, Paramour reflects the meticulous attention that goes into its production. Although very similar to Spanish Gran Reservas, Paramours differ primarily with regard to small batch “hands-on” winemaking and the exclusive use of French oak.

We produced just 170 cases of the inaugural 2005 vintage, which was patiently aged for six years; two in French oak barrels and four in bottle.  Paramours will remain limited production, proprietary Tempranillo blends made only from our top estate vineyard selections in exceptional years.

Note:  No discounts apply to this wine.


Awards, Ratings, Reviews

"2013:  Top Wines Over $50", The Passionate Foodie
This Oregon wine is the top of Abacela's line, and was inspired by the iconic Vega Sicilia Unico. This is produced in a Gran Reserva style, though aged in French rather than American oak. This was an amazing wine, and reminded me of some high end Spanish Tempranillo wines. From its alluring aromas to its complex melange of flavors, this wine impressed from start to finish. I think it was very drinkable now, and will continue to remain strong for years to come. It is difficult to describe this wine, which is something you need to experience and which mere words cannot adequately encapsulate. Each sip brings new flavors to mind, and it is a wine to slowly savor over dinner, with great friends. This was the only wine I purchased in Oregon for very good reason.

Technical Notes

Fruit source: 100% estate grown, Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon

Average crush statistics: 25.3° brix, 3.75 pH and 5.98 g/L titratable acidity

Cooperage: French oak; 30% new (reduced new percentage to enhance fruit aromatics)

Aging: 22.5 months in barrel, 4 years in bottle

Alcohol: 14.2%

Bottled & sequentially numbered August 9, 2007: producing 2037 750mL, 24 magnums, three 3L and three 5L

Cellaring: we estimate the wine will reach full maturity in 2017 and plateau until 2029

Presentation: each bottle is tissue-wrapped and placed in a custom six-bottle wooden case