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This vintage ruby style dessert wine was crafted from five traditional Douro wine grapes grown on our estate. This opaque wine has aromas of dried figs, blackberries, raisins, plums, cocoa, and exotic spice. Fine grained tannins create rich texture and a lengthy finish. Cellar for a decade or more.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Platinum Medal, 2012 Platinum Judging (Wine Press Northwest)
Double Gold Medal, 2012 World of Wine Festival Wine Competition
94 points, Midwest Wine Guy
"The 2009 estate grown Port from Abacela continues to be one of my favorite modern day Port wines. The 2007 was very good, and I think the 2009 is just exceptional. It is hard to find a young Port with so much flavor and texture, but this one is right on the money. The composition of this wine is 46% Tempranillo, 19% Tinta Amarela, 18% Bastardo, 11% Tinta Cao and 6% Touriga Nacional. Copious amounts fig, cocoa, plum and blackberry flavor leap from the glass. The flavors are much of the same but there is a moderate amount of sugary spice in the mouth that leaves you wanting more. This wine will be a pleaser at your party or you can cellar it for many years of enjoyment."
Gold Medal, 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Outstanding!, Wine Press Northwest
"Perhaps no one in the Pacific Northwest is as serious about Port-style wine as Abacela’s founding winemaker Earl Jones. He grows the five primary varieties — Tempranillo (46%), Tinta Amarela (19%), Bastardo (18%), Tinta Cão (11%) and Touriga Naçional — on his Fault Line Vineyard project. The grapes are pressed, and winemaker Andrew Wenzl stops fermentation at 9% residual sugar by using spirits distilled from Abacela grapes. The result is a classic Port nose of homemade caramel, black cherry, stewed plums, orange slices and cedar. Black cherry and blueberry flavors mix with notes of milk chocolate, and the sweetness is balanced by acidity. Its tannin structure is akin to fine-grain sandpaper and makes for a smooth delivery that will get even better in a couple of years."
92 points, Oregon Wine Geeks
This Tempranillo based port style dessert wine is dark and full bodied. The nose is blackberry, rasin, plum, and brandy. The mouth feel is a big body a big sweet fruit, offset with a big tannic finish. Scrumptious, lingering and fulfilling, try it with dark chocolate, sharp cheddar or fruit for a fulfilling dessert.
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Varietal Composition: Tinta Amarela (19%), Bastardo (18%), Tinta Cão (11%), Touriga Naçional (6%), Tempranillo (46%)
Harvest Date: 9, 12 October 2009
At harvest: Sugar; 24.1° brix pH; 3.53 TA; 4.86 grams/liter
At bottling: Sugar: 9.0%
Bottling date: 30 July 2009
Alcohol: 19.5% by volume
Case Production: 417 (375 mL)