Abacela’s north facing hillsides have proven ideal for Albariño because the cool autumn conditions there allow this beautiful grape to slowly ripen to perfection while retaining its lively acidity.
This Galician style wine exhibits aromas and flavors of crisp golden apples, citrus fruits, fleshy peach, almonds, and delicate white flowers all carried on a frame that skirts the razors edge between creamy textures and steely minerality.
We recommend drinking this wine within three years - earlier if you seek crispness, later if you prefer greater complexity. Dungeness crab and oysters are each a beautiful pairing, but this wine will embrace any fresh seafood entrée.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Platinum Medal, Wine Press Northwest's Platinum Judging; "Owner Earl Jones was among the first in the Northwest to grow and make wine from this racy Spanish white grape, and he remains one of the best. Albarino is know for its steely acidity and bright purity of fruit, and this is an impressive example - as good as any from Galicia, remarked one of our judges. Its aromas reveal minerality and citrus, while the palate gives way to flavors of lime, tropical fruit and crisp apple. A pairing with crab dip will be heavenly."
Top Pick, Sunset Magazine August 2010
90 points, Wine Enthusiast; "Captures the racy minerality of the Spanish grape, while amping it up to New World fruit standards. You get fruit-powered richness, with citrus and peach, along with lively acidity and a steely core." Paul Gregutt
Gold Medal, 2010 Riverside International Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2010 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Outstanding!, Wine Press Northwest; "Earl Jones continues to commit more acreage to this Iberian variety, and his team delivers a big victory. By eschewing oak, winemaker Andrew Wenzl allows for a cross-current of fruit to gush, and the amazingly complex aroma profile includes quince, dusty apple, Circus Peanut candy, orange and pineapple. Of course the annual hallmark of this wine is its bracing acidity and flaky minerality on the entry. And yet there's peach, pineapple, apple and French vanilla flavors and a remarkable lemon cream in the farewell."
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation: Umpqua Valley Oregon
Harvest Date: 26, 27 September 2009
At harvest: Sugar; 22.5° brix pH; 3.26 TA; 7.11 grams/liter
Cooperage: Stainless Steel
At bottling: Sugar; Nil
Alcohol: 13.6% by volume
Case Production: 1148 (750 mL)