Sexy as hell white wine. Perfect combination of effervescence and wine. For summers on the patio during golden hour — 13 days ago
Perfect cork…. Took about two hours to wake up — 6 months ago
A fun light red, but nonetheless seriously made. Great for summers in the garden — 7 months ago
Notes of dark cherry with extra fizz. This is a drink for spring or hot summers. A casual wine for casual people. — 23 days ago
Leather oak and cherries. Big bold California Cab, reminds me of hot summers in Napa. — 6 months ago
2018 opened Oct 2021. Red raspberries and thyme on the nose. Dried currents on the front that are almost immediately balanced by some flinty notes that tingle on the front of the tongue. On the mid palate it continues with mild red-fruit flavors that are offset by some delicate high notes—that remind me of the smell of the loess that that gets blown off the Horse Heaven Hills on dry summers days. It has a slightly tart finish that lingers—but the satiny tannins offset this zing, and they hold this wine together from beginning to end. I’d want to call the tannic structure “heavy” except that they never come to dominate the tasting experience. This wine is lush and zaftig from start to finish, but its tremendous sophistication offsets any heaviness.
BTW, the fruit (which is subtle to begin with) fades after an hour of decanting. The tannic body opens up (i.e. it gets even smoother and fuller) but some harsh high notes begin to dominate on the finish. Frankly, I like this wine best a half an hour out of the bottle. If an increase in intensity is OK for you, go for a longer decanting. I like it better with less oxygenation. The fact that it gets a bit more intense with decanting makes me wonder if this vintage won’t lose some of its subtlety with aging. I’m not going to be able to resist drinking up my limited allocation, so, l’ll never be able to perform the aging experiment. — 8 months ago
Saved this one from a trip in 2018.
Amazing wine! — 2 months ago
Splash Wines: "The Portuguese varietals blended to make this wine are: Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Alfrochiero, and Tinto Roriz. The Dao region’s unique low fertility granite soil and cold, wet winters and very dry, hot summers produce grapes with incomparable flavor and unique character. The resulting color of this wine is a deep ruby with complex aromas. The forward notes are of red fruit with medium tannins. This wine does really well with aging, as it softens with time. It is highly recommended to decant and allow this wine to breathe- it will open up beautifully with exposure to air. Pairs wonderfully with lamb and beef. We highly recommend drinking with flavorful, hard cheeses as the wine will become incredibly expressive." — 3 months ago
It’s a great grape for rose. Grenache gets too little attention on its own as it’s typically in a blend. But here this Abacela Rose shines. Cherry. Strawberry. Tart and crisp. Lip smacking. Dry. It’s wonderful chilled on a hot day and equally delicious as it warms to room temperature. The QPR is amazing for the substance of this wine. Ranges $15-20 bottle. And keep some for Fall and Winter too. Rose isn’t just for sunny summers. Goes with a myriad of foods all year long (think turkey at Thanksgiving or ham at Christmas). It goes Especially well with all grilled things. Barbecue season here we come! — a year ago