Abacela

Tempranillo Estate 2003

Tempranillo Estate 2004

Awards and Ratings

92 points, Richard Kinssies

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The Tempranillo harvest in 2003 began in earnest with our crew busily plucking clusters of black-skinned berries in the cool early morning hours of the third week of September. The fruit’s high quality had been evident for some time and as the grapes underwent fermentation and barrel aging that quality never wavered.

During evaluation we noticed remarkable intensity in the ripe blackberry fruit, plum, licorice, jam, and leather aromas and flavors along with a pronounced mineral note on the substantial, concentrated finish. This is a wine that will surely benefit from cellaring. Decanting is recommended.

Try this bold wine with grilled chorizo and wild mushroom ragout.

Technical Notes

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

Appellation: Southern Oregon

Harvest Date:  22, 23, 24, 26 September; 1 October 2003

At harvest: Sugar; 24.8° brix pH; 3.47 TA; 5.7 grams/liter

Cooperage: French (100%), 10% new, 10% 2-yr old

At bottling: Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 19 May 2005

Case Production: 547 (750ml)

Alcohol: 13.4% by volume

Release Date:  31 July 2005

S R P: $32.00 (750ml) SOLD OUT

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