Tempranillo 2013 Fiesta

Tempranillo 2013 Fiesta

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Winemaker Notes

The accomplishments of Abacela with Tempranillo, like this fruit forward bottling, in addition to our barrel select, reserve and gran reserva style wines, have established our reputation as a pioneering American producer.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

DOUBLE GOLD Medal, 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition
"The Northwest Tempranillo master has proved his expertise once again. Earl Jones’ Abacela estate grapes from 2013, put into the capable hands of winemaker Andrew Wenzl, were used in this fruit-forward wine aptly called Fiesta. And you’ll want to start a celebration of your own after sampling it. Its nose opens with mint, spicy oak and nimble cherries. In the mouth, the cherries are dark, dipping down toward dark Marionberry skin, then unearthing Abacela estate’s minerality and grippy tannins. It’s a huge mouthful – “Yuuuge, I tell you” – that calls out for a rare ribeye amply dusted with cracked black pepper."

Gold Medal, Oregon Wine Awards

Outstanding!, Great Northwest Wine
"The Northwest Tempranillo master has proved his expertise once again. Earl Jones’ Abacela estate grapes from 2013, put into the capable hands of winemaker Andrew Wenzl, were used in this fruit-forward wine aptly called Fiesta. And you’ll want to start a celebration of your own after sampling it. Its nose opens with mint, spicy oak and nimble cherries. In the mouth, the cherries are dark, dipping down toward dark Marionberry skin, then unearthing Abacela estate’s minerality and grippy tannins. It’s a huge mouthful – “Yuuuge, I tell you” – that calls out for a rare ribeye amply dusted with cracked black pepper. This earned a double gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition".

90 points, Richard Jennings, RJonwine.com
"Dark ruby color with clarity; fresh, aromatic, berry nose; tasty, crianza-like, berry, tart cherry, tart black fruit palate with good balancing acidity; medium-plus finish (16-17 months in oak) 90+ points"

89 points, Wine Enthusiast
"Abacela makes up to four different Tempranillos in a given vintage, this being the entry-level bottle. And a fine introduction it is, with vivid red and black berries, a dusting of sweet spices, a gentle whiff of tanned leather, chalk and ample tannins. Aged in both French and American oak, 15% new, it is drinking quite nicely already.

Excellent, "Red Wines Under $30" by Wine Press Northwest
"The founders of the Tempranillo industry in the Pacific Northwest continue to make some of the best. This example from winemaker Andrew Wenzl opens with aromas of maple bar, cedar and elderberry, followed by flavors of pomegranate and Marionberry. It is backed by a rich mouth feel and sweet tannins. "

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
 
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
 
Harvest Date:  15, 19, 26, 27 September 2013 and 3, 6, 9, 10, 11 October 2013
 
At harvest:  Sugar; 23.6° Brix, pH; 3.82, TA; 6.85 grams/liter
 
At bottling:  Sugar; Nil
 
Cooperage:  French (62%), American (38%), 15% new, 17% 2 yo
 
Alcohol:  13.9% by volume
 
Case Production:  1675 (750 mL)