Abacela 2013 Estate Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $17

By on July 17, 2014

abacela-grenache-rose-2013-bottleA perennial Northwest favorite, these Fault Line Vineyards estate berries were picked Sept. 18 — three weeks earlier than the 2012 vintage — to produce inviting aromas of cotton candy, cranberry, fresh peach and lime zest. Make no mistake, though, winemaker Andrew Wenzl continues to present this bone-dry with racy flavors of strawberry and cranberry, backed by refreshing acidity and a finish of segmented oranges that includes a bit of the pith. Fortunately, production was increased about 100 cases from the previous vintage, which makes it more available for roasted chicken and fish tacos with fruit salsa.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 384 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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