Abacela

Tempranillo Umpqua Cuvée 2003

Tempranillo Umpqua Cuvée 2003

Awards, Ratings and Reviews

Outstanding, Wine Press Northwest

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

For the 2003 vintage we were once again able to harvest Tempranillo fruit of exemplary quality from Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. For this wine we sourced fruit from our estate Fault Line Vineyards, Cox’s Rock and Cobblestone Hill, and from our close neighbor, McCorquodale Vineyard.

You’ll find a nose of ripe and effusive black and blue berries, mint, cedar, and mineral followed by well integrated oak and acidity. Expect a lasting finish with rich licorice, leather, and soft, balanced tannins.

This more exuberant style of Tempranillo is deliberately blended to promote enjoyment upon release with flavorful dishes like roasted pepper-cumin rubbed pork loin.

B. Kiley Evans, Winemaker

Technical Notes

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

Appellation:  Southern Oregon

Harvest date: 22, 24, 26 September; 1, 5 October 2003

At harvest: Sugar; 24.2° Brix, 3.48 pH, TA 5.3 gms/liter

Cooperage: French (95%), American (5%) 16% new, 32% 2-yr old

At Bottling: Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 25 & 26 August 2005

Case Production:  929 (750mL)

Alcohol: 13.1% by volume

Release date: 6 February 2006

S R P: $20.00 (750mL) SOLD OUT