Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon
Empty bottle weight: 16.4 ounces // 465 grams
1923 cases produced
Happy International Tempranillo Day! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the varietal than with a bottle of Abacela Tempranillo, the first winery to plant it in Oregon. All estate-grown fruit for the 2018 Fiesta was picked in late September and early October 2020, then processed just feet away in the winery. After aging in 94% neutral barrels– 25% American and 75% French oak– the 2018 Fiesta Tempranillo had pleasant tannins that softened with exposure to air. This wine is particularly wonderful when served slightly chilled so don’t be afraid to toss it in your fridge for a 1/2 hour before you open it.
Red cherries // pluots // vanilla // black tea // earthy // raspberries
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at email@example.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.