Garnacha 2014

Garnacha 2014
Regularly: $29.00
On Sale: $26.00

Winemaker Notes

*March Wine of the Month*
Our sunny hillside location ripens fruit with dark cherry, raspberry, plum, nutmeg and lavender aromas. The flavors broadcast across the palate while the tannins and lively acidity frame this lovely wine.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Platinum Medal, 2017 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

Double Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition

Gold Medal, 2017 Judgment of Geyserville IV
"Full bodied with a deep, dark hue, this concentrated Grenache is tightly wound.  With aeration, enticing aromas of wild raspberries and savory spice waft from the glass.  Layers of black cherries, plums, pomegranate seeds, raspberries, a dash of white pepper and sandalwood unravel onto the palate and lead to a sumptuous, long-lasting finish."  

Outstanding!, Great Northwest Wine
In recent years, Andrew Wenzl’s work with Grenache has earned considerable praise — whether it be his stunning rosé or the Barrel Select program. The transition from vineyard to cellar in 2014 began Oct. 7 at the ripeness level of 25 Brix, which seems to be customary for standalone bottlings of this Rhône variety. The 100% neutral French oak program keeps the focus on juicy aromas and flavors of plum, boysenberry and pomegranate with sweet herbs and a remarkable mouth feel. Its finish of blackberry and Montmorency cherry extends. Indeed, the Jones family’s Fault Line Vineyards continue to serve as a Southern Oregon talisman for Iberian Peninsula grape varieties. The 2013 Garnacha earned a gold medal at the 2016 Oregon Wine Competition. This year, the 2014 already is generating headlines, starting with a double gold at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle. Enjoy with Mushroom Croque-Monsieur.

89 points, Wine Enthusiast

Wines of the Week,
"Abacela’s Garnacha is aged in 100% French oak that is considered neutral so as not to impart strong oak character to the wine. The ripe fruit from the winery’s estate Fault Line Vineyard created a wine with layers of cherry, plum and berry with floral notes of orchard blossom, and dried herbs on the finish."

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  7 October 2014
At harvest:  Sugar; 25.3° Brix; pH; 3.43, TA; 6.3 grams/liter
At bottling:  Sugar; nil
Cooperage:  French (100%), 100% neutral
Bottling Date:  14 April 2016
Alcohol:  14.2% by volume
Case Production:  428 (750 mL)