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Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 100-91
92. Abacela 2012 Estate Garnacha, Umpqua Valley, $29
Andrew Wenzl and founding winemaker Earl Jones produce some of the West Coast’s best rosés from their estate Grenache, and their table Garnacha merits a gold medal, too. Boysenberry, rose hips and dusty minerality aromas transition into juicy flavors of blueberry and pomegranate, backed by savory meat, frontal tannins and anise. There’s plenty of life ahead, but in the meantime, the Joneses enjoy it alongise roasted vegetables with bacon. This earned a unanimous double gold medal and best of class at the 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.
Production: 219 cases
Alcohol: 14.3% alc.