Abacela

Estate Grown Tempranillo

9.119 ratings
9.07 pro ratings
Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon, USA
Tempranillo
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

This wine is inky dark, and that’s no exaggeration. It actually looks like indigo ink. No light gets through at all. It’s the black hole of Tempranillo. One sniff demonstrates that darkness to my olfactory sense. There is major dark fruit, like black plums, blackberries, what’s darker than blackberries? Whatever it is, it’s in there, too. Shovel in a little dirt and light a campfire and you have the savory side figured out. The palate is fruitier than I expected, but don’t get the wrong idea. I just mean it isn’t completely given over to minerals and spices. That dark fruit is there, but it’s in a battle with the savory notes. Tannic structure is amazing - even after it’s open for three days. Bring on the red meat. This wine will not be tamed.

This wine is inky dark, and that’s no exaggeration. It actually looks like indigo ink. No light gets through at all. It’s the black hole of Tempranillo. One sniff demonstrates that darkness to my olfactory sense. There is major dark fruit, like black plums, blackberries, what’s darker than blackberries? Whatever it is, it’s in there, too. Shovel in a little dirt and light a campfire and you have the savory side figured out. The palate is fruitier than I expected, but don’t get the wrong idea. I just mean it isn’t completely given over to minerals and spices. That dark fruit is there, but it’s in a battle with the savory notes. Tannic structure is amazing - even after it’s open for three days. Bring on the red meat. This wine will not be tamed.

Jan 24th, 2016
D Alphonse

Wow! First new world Tempranillo I've had. Fruit forward, beautiful tannins. Great new world approach!

Wow! First new world Tempranillo I've had. Fruit forward, beautiful tannins. Great new world approach!

Jan 18th, 2015
Ivy Hover

Marketing Director & Tech Guru for Left Coast Cellars

8.5

#TempranilloDay

#TempranilloDay

Nov 14th, 2014
April Yap-Hennig

Wine writer SacredDrop.com

8.7

Tempranillo from Southern Oregon. Curious to try it against a #Rioja Tempranillo.

Tempranillo from Southern Oregon. Curious to try it against a #Rioja Tempranillo.

Mar 5th, 2014
Don Rohde

Ok I agree it is inky dark. This is the 2009 vintage. Drink it now it is at the peak of flavor and the finish is dry as I like it. Fruit? yes but not fruity! Lingering finish for 2 min. Heaven in a temperanillo. I have been a fan of Abacela since 1999.

Ok I agree it is inky dark. This is the 2009 vintage. Drink it now it is at the peak of flavor and the finish is dry as I like it. Fruit? yes but not fruity! Lingering finish for 2 min. Heaven in a temperanillo. I have been a fan of Abacela since 1999.

Dec 30th, 2017
Mako Sawaguchi

Huge nose, reaches out of the glass & grabs you. A fine wine introduced by great friends.

Huge nose, reaches out of the glass & grabs you. A fine wine introduced by great friends.

Dec 17th, 2016
Bill Masullo

Yum

Jul 14th, 2016
Steve Mitchell

Rich berry with medium tannins, smooth velvety finish.

Rich berry with medium tannins, smooth velvety finish.

Sep 21st, 2015
Kristi Calcagno

Kristi had this 2 years ago

Kristi had this 2 years ago

Jan 20th, 2017
Michael Wangbickler CWE DipWSET

President Drink Local Wine Inc, Educator Discover Wine & Spirits Academy

9.2

Michael had this 4 years ago

Michael had this 4 years ago

Apr 27th, 2014