Tempranillo 2012 Barrel Select

Tempranillo 2012 Barrel Select

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Winemaker Notes

The 16th release of our flagship Tempranillo continues the tradition of a fine wine with structure and ageability. This wine was crafted by careful selection of the finest barrels from our best lots.
The deep color and compelling aromas allude to the intensity of flavors that follow. Rich blackberry, violets, mocha, spice box, smoke and well defined tannins unfold on the palate in velvety layers through the lengthy finish. 
This wine will continue to improve for eight to ten  years and offer a long plateau of maturity. Pair with traditional Spanish Cochinillo Asado (roast suckling pig) for a memorable meal.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Excellent, Great Northwest Wine
"This vintage marks the 16th release of Earl and Hilda Jones’ flagship wine, a selection of blocks throughout their Fault Line Vineyards from Oct. 3-9. Their Oregon-grown winemaker, Andrew Wenzl, chose a barrel program of 44% new French oak which accounts for aromas of anise, cola, black cherry, strawberry taffy and dark honey. On the palate, it’s mouthfilling as the fruit profile of black cherry, blackberry and mocha stays just ahead of tannin profile akin to black currant skins and dried blueberry. While the best is yet to come as these Temps only begin to spread their wines five years after their birth year, those who refuse to wait should enjoy this with Braised Lamb Shank with Creamy Polenta & Parsley Gremolata or Cochinillo Asado — Spanish roast suckling pig." 

92 points, www.Terroirist.com
"Dark ruby color. Smooth and enticing on the nose, with juicy blackberries and black cherries, notes of sweet coffee, rich soil, eucalyptus and tobacco. Full-bodied with a chewy presence, velvety tannins and medium-low acid. The black cherries, blueberries and black currant fruit is really rich and jammy, but it tastes pure, not candied. The fruit is topped with notes of sweet tobacco, eucalyptus, black olive and black pepper. A sense of loamy minerality lingers on the long finish. Rich, bold, chewy but maintains lots of intrigue and complexity. I’d love to retaste in three or four years." (IJB)
Celebrating Oregon's AVAs, Eugene Magazine
Umpqua Valley; In the early 1960s, the late Richard Sommer planted vinifera grapes in the rain shadow of the Callahan Ridge, reviving Oregon wine in that area. Since then, the Umpqua Valley and its many sub-valleys have boomed with fine wines. Earl and Hilda Jones, experimental scientists, traveled through Spain's Rioja region and encountered great tempranillo reds. They came back to the U.S., moved to Roseburg, and planted vines on the steep slopes of one of Oregon's most beautiful vineyards. Abacela 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo is truly superb, rich and deep, ready for pairing with spring lamb or beef hot form the grill. It has gained well-deserved recognition internationally as a rival of the great reds from Rioja.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  3, 4, 9 October 2012
At harvest:  Sugar; 24.8° Brix, pH; 3.84, TA; 5.36 grams/liter
At bottling:  Sugar; Nil
Cooperage:  French (100%), 44% new, 26% 2 yo
Bottling date:  6 August 2014
Alcohol:  14.8% by volume
Case Production:  596 (750 mL)