Tinta Amarela 2012

Tinta Amarela 2012

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Winemaker Notes

Tinta Amarela was planted at Abacela 10 years ago and has stood out year after year for its ripeness and intriguing flavor profile. This motivated the planting of new vineyard blocks with an eye for producing a dry, red table wine.

We were rewarded with a wine that is fine in texture and tannins that offers aromas of tangy blueberries, mulberries, mushrooms and rose petals. This leads into complex flavors of dried raspberries, citrus and tea leaf.  

Recommended food pairing includes herbes de Provence crusted pork tenderloin.

Limited Production Release
Only 55 cases produced. No discounts apply.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

90 points, Wine Enthusiast
"Abacela makes a fortified wine from Portuguese grapes, but this is a dry, varietal expression of one of the most obscure. Bone-dry, it's got tongue-scraping tannins that taste of black tea. It offers dried raspberries, vanilla and cocoa elements, and the overall complexity is impressive. This seems built for a thick steak."

Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Silver Medal, Savor Northwest Wine Competition

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  4, 9 October 2012
At harvest:  Sugar; 24.2° Brix, pH; 3.55, TA; 5.63 grams/liter
At bottling:  Sugar; Nil 
Cooperage:  French (100%), 100% 2 year old
Bottling date:  26 June 2014 
Alcohol:  14.4% by volume
Case Production:  55 (750 mL)