Tempranillo Reserve 2005

Tempranillo Reserve 2005

Awards, Ratings and Reviews

Gold Medal, 2009 Tempranillos al Mundo, Spain
Gold Medal, 2008 NorthWest Wine Summit
Gold Medal, Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Highly Recommended, Northwest Palate May/June 2010
Review by Condé Cox, Portland Monthly Magazine

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The single most important prerequisite of our Reserve wines is vineyard provenance. This mandate so guides our winemaking philosophy that prior to the 2005 vintage we have produced only two Reserve wines.

In 2005 we detected the required benchmark qualities in the Tempranillo fruit from the rocky, sandy soils in our estate’s South East, Angle and Knoll blocks.

Deep, brooding, complex aromas of ripe blackberry, raspberry, currants, pencil lead, and spice slowly evolve. The palate brims with plum, crushed berries, cedar, and vanilla with well integrated oak hints.

The texture is full-bodied with perfectly balanced acidity that slowly builds to a rich, dense, powerfully structured finish. Perfectly balanced acidity and concentrated fruit build to a generously tannic, lengthy finish.  Cellar this for the next eight to twelve years.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley
"South East, Angle & Knoll Blocks"

Appellation: Southern Oregon AVA

Harvest Date: 26, 28 & 30 September 2005

At harvest: Sugar; 25.6° brix  pH; 3.68  TA; 5.6 g/L

Cooperage: French (97%), American (3%), 8% New, 35% 2-yr old

At bottling: Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 23 August 2007

Case Production: 480 (750 mL)

Alcohol: 14.4% by volume

Release Date: 13 September 2008

MSRP: $45.00 (750 mL)