Appellation: Umpqua Valley
The robust Spanish grape Tempranillo is the historic headliner at storied Abacela in Southern Oregon, and so it understandably makes up essentially half of this Mediterranean-style blend that calls upon 11 varieties. Syrah is the next grape up (21%) for winemaker Andrew Wenzl, who used it to create remarkable balance while toning down the tannins. Theres still ample grip, yet theres an abundance of fruitiness to match. The nose features hints of black currant, cherry and lingonberry with touches of caramel corn and oregano. Inside, blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate flavors are joined by tannins reminiscent of espresso grounds, which are led out by a raspberry cream finish.
Rated Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine. (13.7% alc.)
Cases produced: 2,486
Food pairings: Enjoy with anything pulled off the barbecue.
These wines are available on the West Coast, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Abacela can ship to most states.
Abacela, 12500 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg, Ore. 541-679-6642, www.abacela.com.