2014 Abacela Barrel Select Tempranillo
One of the most enjoyable things about wine blogging is the ability to not only share stories of great wines through the blog, but also the occasion to physically share a bottle of wine with friends. And that is exactly what happened with this 2014 Abacela Barrel Select Tempranillo. I was lucky enough to introduce a new varietal to a friend, honestly not knowing his palate or his preference in wines. To say that he was impressed would be a gross understatement. I chuckle inside when someone finds a wine that they love, they take a sip, discover something new, talk about it....and repeat! Gorgeous dark purple velvet in the glass with blackberry smokiness combines with espresso and exotic spices on the nose, this wine is made proper in all aspects. In the mouth is a very welcoming and delicious basket of dark fruits, smoke-charred hickory wood and spices that wake you up at first taste and follow this wine all the way to it's very long and memorable finish. The good news? This wine is really an amazing example of Tempranillo. The bade news for my friend? He might expect all Tempranillo to be made this fine! Outstanding example of Oregon grapes and stellar wine making.
Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Suggested retail price: $33.00
Drink The Bottles score: 93/100