2015 Abacela Fiesta Tempranillo
I'm a sucker for Tempranillo. It's one of about 4 wines that I really, really enjoy, but think it is either greatly underappreciated or often ignored for more popular varietals. This 2015 Abacela Fiesta Tempranillo is not only delicious, it is an incredible value for what you get out of the bottle. Medium to bright crimson throughout the glass, this wine is very fruit forward for this varietal, which is typically more reserved across the board. Aromas of spiced, stewed red fruits and dark mocha engulf the senses and instantly produce a mouth-watering sensation that is only quenched by the first taste of this beauty. In the mouth are dark fruits, plum skins, vanilla and a beautiful and smooth finish that again presents the dark mocha. This wine has been in the bottle for less than a year and it is the kind of bottle that a Tempranillo lover (like myself) would not want to share. With magic like this, it's easy to understand how Abacela was the Oregon Winery of the Year in 2013. The 2014 vintage is sold out, so get to the Abacela web site to secure your 2015 vintage soon. Just lovely!
Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Suggested retail price: $23.00
Drink The Bottles score: 92/100