Dark purple liquid fills yours glass. Twirl the wine to unlock the bouquet. Tip to your nose and note the cocoa and dried fruits aromas as the wine stills. Take a sip and the smooth tannins roll over your palate with luscious dark fruit, hints of barrel toast and a sense of youthfulness that entices you return again and again. The dusty brambly fruit leads to a smoked meaty finish that suggests more bottle ageing or decanting is a necessity.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Outstanding! Great Northwest Wine
"Wine Press Northwest’s reigning Oregon Winery of the Year proves its versatility once again with this Côte Rotie-style Syrah, and while Andrew Wenzl celebrates his 10th anniversary at Abacela this year, the 2009 vintage marked just his second harvest as Earl & Hilda Jones’ head winemaker. He created for them a plummy and smoky nose that includes touches of Aussie black licorice, Tootsie Roll and black olive. There’s a rich and bold surge of blackberry and boysenberry syrup that’s accented by pomegranate acidity, savory notes, dusty tannins and a touch of maple in the finish. Enjoy with pork ribs rubbed with wine salt and smoked on the Traeger."
People's Choice Award for the "Greatest of the Grape", 2013 Greatest of the Grape
"Wine of the Week" Chuck Hill, WinesNW.com
This lean and flavorful wine took a half hour to breathe up after pouring, which is a lesson for wine lovers to be patient and give wines adequate aeration for them to show their best. Though Earl and Hilda Jones originally were looking for a site to grow Tempranillo in Oregon (that worked very well, too), their Faultline Estate Vineyard does a fine job with Syrah as well. Look for aromas and flavors of spicy cherry and raspberry wrapped in judicious amounts of toasty oak to make a delicious accompaniment to foods from the grill."
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley
Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date: 9 October 2009
Varietal Composition: Syrah (99.6%), Viognier (0.4%), co-fermented
At harvest: Sugar; 24.3° brix
Cooperage: French (100%), 22% new, 36% 2-yr old
At bottling: pH; 3.65 TA; 7.97 g/l
Bottling date: 14 July 2011
Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
Case Production: 346 (750 mL)