2018 Abacela Fiesta Tempranillo

2018 Abacela Fiesta Tempranillo

Fault Line Vineyards,
Umpqua Valley,
Southern Oregon,
Oregon

14.2% alcohol

Empty bottle weight: 16.4 ounces // 465 grams

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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.

Color:

Black cherry

Bouquet:

Red cherries // pluots // vanilla // black tea // earthy // raspberries

Palate:

Blackberries // red licorice // baking spices // black plums // raspberries // fresh chopped herbs // tart // black cherries // prominent tannins that softened with air

Food pairing suggestions:

BBQ jackfruit sandwiches // steak gorgonzola flatbread // grilled pork and onion tacos

Scoop up this wine deal by ordering here:

SRP $25 (the winery is sold out of this vintage but you might find it at your local wine shop. Or buy several bottles of the 2019 Fiesta directly from Abacela!)

www.abacela.com

Be sure to tell us how you like it in the comments!

Don’t miss our other Abacela posts:

Our Why Wine? interview with Earl Jones of Abacela

2020 Abacela Albariño

2020 Abacela Grenache rosé

2016 Abacela Tinta amarela

2015 Abacela Reserve Tempranillo

2015 Abacela South Face Block Reserve Syrah

2017 Abacela Tempranillo Fiesta

2019 Abacela Albariño

2019 Abacela Grenache rosé

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