Owen Roe Abbot's Table
"An Owen Roe Wine for All Occasions and All People"
A blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Sangiovese, Malbec and Lemberger. A red wine that goes with so many different cuisines, everyone likes The Abbot's.
There's really no Oregon wine quite like Owen Roe "the Abbot's". A blend of five different red wine grapes, it's a conversation starter. Five distinctly different wines blended together make the scent and flavor like nothing else around. It makes people curious and then wins them over. For an intriguing, delicious wine made from unusual blends of varietals, look no further than Abbot's Table.
"Abbot's Table is a wine for all occasions and all people" says Owen Roe winemaker David O'Reilly.
Abbot's Table is David O'Reilly's tribute to his memories of childhood. Born and raised in Ireland, O'Reilly's family often served wine at the dinner table, and he fondly remembers a red wine blend that was rich, warm, silky, smooth and flavorful.
Of all the high-end, premium wines he produces, O'Reilly says Abbot's Table is one of the most fun to produce. He really goes all out with this wine,
Some red table wines are made from barrels that didn't quite fit into the premium wines. The Abbot's Table is intentional, from vineyard to bottle.
David stopped making two very successful wines, his Zinfandel and Sangiovese, so he could use their grapes for Abbots. The Abbot's Table shows Owen Roe's world class complexity and depth of flavor at an "everyday wine" price.
Why is Abbot's Table so popular?
Winemaker David O'Reilly: "One word- "uncompromising"- only the best grapes, make less wine if neeed be, but never a grape that is less than the highest quality. I do not compromise. And that's why Abbot's Table is so good."
This is such a rich, yet easy drinking red wine that it can be paired with the broadest range of foods. The Zinfandel component pairs beautifully with barbecued ribs. The Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot scream for hearty beef dishes. The Sangiovese makes it a match for zesty Italian fare. The Syrah and Grenache work masterfully with spicy cuisine. Then again, the Abbot's Table just tastes great by itself.
Grapes in Abbot's Table - 2002-2011
Wine lover Peter W., Washington D.C.: "Goes with just about everything, tastes good to my family and wine geeks both, cool label, different flavors with all those different grapes blended in."
Wine lover James D., Seattle: "Everyone likes it, it goes down easy, and it's really full-bodied, the kind of wine I like".
Wine lover Mary P., NYC: "I'm Irish, the winemaker's Irish. And I don't like beer. Abbot's Table always becomes the topic of conversation when I take it to a party. Everybody enjoys it."
Abott's Table Wine Reviews
Below, the Chapel Block of Red Willow Vineyard (one of the sources for grapes used in Abbot's Table)
Owen Roe Abbots Table Archival Tasting Notes
at right, the first Abbot's Table label from 1999
So very very popular, so reasonably priced. One of the hottest selling wines in the Northwest is Owen Roe's 2002 Abbot's Table, a blend of seven grape varieties from some of the best Washington and Oregon vineyards.
The wine offers seven different varieties. It has the Bordeaux blends, 31.2 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 21.7 percent Merlot, and 6 percent Cabernet Franc. But what distinguishes this wine is the 18.3 percent of Zinfandel from old vines, 16 percent Pinot Noir, 5.1 percent Syrah and 1.7 percent of Grenache. It is hearty, but with the different blends, can pair well with all types of food.
at right, the first Abbot's Table label from 1999
Owen Roe Abbott's Table 03 $21 is even better than the 2002 vintage. Hard to believe. A spoon will almost stand up in it, yet it's light on its feet, not overwhelming in its rich blend of seven different grapes (Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Pinot noir, and Grenache). It's a slurpable, yummy big red that pairs well with summer grilling and winter hearty fare. Not as much was made this year, and it's another great value to lay down while you can get it. Definitely not light in color it is very rich and opulent yet smooth and velvety. Drink now and enjoy or hold up to five years in your cellar. A high pedigree wine for the price! 588 cases produced.
We tasted the 2004 Abbot's Table at the store again yesterday, and have to say, it's really something. Initially, I was pleased by the red raspberry in the nose, the full, rounded quality of the flavors, the hints of smoke and spice, the long finish, and the way the Zinfandel adds a lush quality. As the wine opened up in my glass, it kept changing. The range of grape types kept the scent and flavors changing constantly, and it just won me over. It's still young, and the next year will make the wine even better, if anyone can hold on to it that long. Yes, I agree with our customers who stock up on multiple cases of this wine. It's fascinating, and continues to fascinate over time.
David continues: "This year has more rich Zin and is juicy with tremendous fruit and loads of character. I did not make an Owen Roe Zinfandel for the 2006 vintage. All the Zinfandel grapes went into the Abbot's Table, to make it the wine I want it to be".
Tasting the 2006 Abbot's Table at Avalon yesterday, we found flavors of sweet red fruit with hints of red cherry, black plum, pomegranate, black cherry, cranberry jam, and cinnamon. There's a lush, rich black fruit quality to the wine, tempered by a refreshing hint of zesty red cherry and spice. Tasting the Abbot's just after a number of $45 reds, the Abbot's fit right in! It's an incredible value once again, and even with rising grape prices, David kept the price the same as last year.