Abacela

Garnacha 2006

2006 Garnacha

Awards, Ratings and Reviews

Outstanding! from Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2008

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

While typically called Grenache, the evidence indicating this grape’s ancient Spanish origins has compelled us to use Garnacha, its older Iberian name.

It was first planted at Abacela in 1995 as an experimental varietal and we have been repeatedly delighted with how well it matches the terroir of our estate in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley.

Blackberries, raspberries, and red licorice aromas are followed on the palate by cherries, pomegranates, and blueberries. Deftly balanced acidity weaves around the velvety texture while the medium bodied finish lingers impressively.

This Garnacha is delightful now and will improve with proper cellaring over the next two to four years. We suggest a food pairing of hickory-fired lamb chops and thyme-Manchego polenta cakes.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley

Appellation: Southern Oregon

Harvest Date: 20 October 2006

At harvest: Sugar; 25.6° brix, pH; 3.50, TA; 6.30 grams/liter

Cooperage: Neutral

At bottling: Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 23 January 2008

Cases Production: 356 (750 mL)

Alcohol: 14.5% by volume

Release Date: 26 April 2008

S R P: $24.00 (750 mL) SOLD OUT

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