Tempranillo Reserve 2012

Tempranillo Reserve 2012

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Winemaker Notes

Our reserve program is defined by provenance and quality. This reserve, only our sixth in 16 vintages, was once again sourced from our acclaimed South East Block.

The aromas include ripe blackberry, boysenberry jam, lavender, oak and leather. The flavors are intense and transcend a huge spectrum from ripe currants and plums, to savory spices. Perfectly balanced acidity, integrated oak and concentrated fruit culminate to a tannic, lengthy finish.

This wine will improve in the cellar for ten to twelve years. For a sumptuous feast pair with Lechazo Asado, one of the most famous dishes of Spain.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

92 points, Richard Jennings, RJonwine.com
"Slightly bricking very dark red violet color; aromatic, berry liqueur, spice, pie spice nose; tight, youthful, baked berry, dried berry, licorice, spice palate; needs 5-plus years; long finish (93% Tempranillo, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot; 22 months in French oak, 2/3s new). 92+ points"
Excellent, Great Northwest Wine
"Founding winemaker Earl Jones and head winemaker Andrew Wenzl deemed this as just the sixth Tempranillo reserve in the winery’s 16 commercial vintage up that that point. The experience from this stately bottle opens with a significant showing of the 72% new French oak barrel program as the garnet-colored fluid produces aromas of coffee, toast and chocolate with blackberry, bacon and mincemeat spices. On the palate, it’s loaded with black currant, more blackberry and vanilla, backed by bacon-wrapped dates, elderberry and smoke. There’s plenty of muscle being flexed from this Oct. 10 pick, and as is the tradition with the Temps from Abacela, patience will begin to be supremely rewarded five years beyond its vintage."

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  10 October 2012
At harvest:  Sugar; 25.1° Brix, pH; 3.97, TA; 5.47 grams/liter
At bottling:  Sugar; Nil
Cooperage:  French (100%), 72% new
Bottling date:  7 August 2014
Alcohol:  15.3% by volume
Case Production:  122.5 (750 mL)