The Buzz About Abeja Cab 05
Bees make honey. Abeja makes Cab. Both make life sweeter.
Abeja, which means “bee” in Spanish,”
is a Walla Walla Winery that is
buzzing with fantastic wines.
An Avalon favorite four vintages straight,
the Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 05
is so good, it stings.
Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 05
Avalon Notes: There’s no need for a decanter. The Abeja Cab 05 shows off its big aromas of black fruit, espresso, milk chocolate, graham, and violet-infused smoke that carries through. Very supple and expressive Cabernet fruit, with a ripe black cherry and cassis core, and a little bubble of cherry candy that bursts just before the finish. Hints of graphite unite with perfectly-integrated toast and lingering, sweet black fruit.
Avalon food & wine pairing: The lush dark fruit and layers of sweet smoke in the wine call for an equally seductive food partner. There is nothing more elegant and simple to show off the beauty of the Abeja Cab than a perfectly seared filet mignon. Served medium rare with a wild mushroom fricassee, the finely balanced Cab deftly matches the weight of the steak and opens up to reveal the subtle earth notes mirrored by the mushrooms.
The ever so slight “burst” of cherry acts as a bright pop of flavor on the palate, which leaves your mouth refreshed and excited about the next sip. We enjoyed our filets served with creamy potatoes gratin which revealed the silky and integrated tannins of the Abeja Cab. Over the course of the evening, the wine continued to evolve and show a slightly caramelized violet depth that was so stunning that we didn’t end up ordering dessert.
There are certain meals that make life worth living, Abeja Cab with a beautifully prepared filet is certainly one of them.
Winery Notes: Crafting a Cabernet with dark dense color, richness and complexity, and a bright fruitful nose is one thing. Combining that with elegance, finesse, and superb balance is quite another.
In 2005, the growing season gave us every opportunity to accomplish both, and this Cabernet is a beautiful illustration of an exceptional vintage. It is absolutely complete, abundant, and balanced. Our own Heather Hill Vineyard fruit is blended with Bacchus, Dionysus, Wallula, Weinbau and a touch of Hedges Red Mountain.
This wine has pretty aromas of ripe cherry, black briar berry, and a hint of fresh fig. Its sleek structure frames a layer of sweet cassis, mountain strawberry, and shaved chocolate. Wood spice and lustrous tannins are in perfect balance and lead to a magnificent finish.
Abeja Chardonnay 06
Winery Notes: With this vintage of Chardonnay, we welcome the return of fruit from Celilo Vineyard to the blend. It is an important vineyard to us for its classic characters of bright acidity and bartlett pear, which blend so nicely with our other fruit sources. The color is a beautiful light straw.
This wine is loaded with bright, tree-ripened peach, nectarine, and lemon meringue. Candied peach and vanilla define a richness that is in perfect balance. The finish is really amazing; it just keeps unfolding like that scarf trick that magicians do!
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