Full Pull Abeja

Hello friends. We have the new vintage today of a benchmark Washington Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s the seventh vintage in a row that we’ve offered (our first was the 2007, way back in May 2010), and it comes with an extra layer of poignancy this year:

2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon
The poignancy comes from the fact that John and Molly Abbott, who co-founded the winery in 2002, departed Abeja at some point during 2015. Abeja announced last November that they had hired Dan Wampfler (most recently of Dunham Cellars) into the lead winemaking role. Dan is an outstanding winemaker in his own right, and there’s no doubt that he will put his own fine imprint on the Abeja wines moving forward. That said, there’s going to be special appeal for this 2013 and next year’s 2014, as the last two Abeja vintages with John Abbott’s fingerprints clearly visible.

A quick reminder on some of the Abeja history: it was during his time as a pre-vet at Oregon State University that John Abbott happened upon sensory evaluation work in the Food Sciences department. Soon after, he traded in ungulates for grapes, transferring to Fresno State’s Viticulture and Enology Program. After post-grad stints in Napa making Cab at Pine Ridge and Pinot Noir at Acacia, he moved to Washington in 1994 to make wine from the nascent Canoe Ridge Vineyard. He remained at Canoe Ridge, making outstanding wines (the Merlots from this site were especially well-received) until 2002, when he helped launch Abeja. The winery quickly developed a sterling reputation for its Cabernet Sauvignon, and its mailing list has been closed for years now, one of only a handful of Washington wineries with closed lists.

Those of us who loved the (outstanding) 2012 vintage will be happy to see that vineyard sources for the 2013 are nearly identical: old-vine Bacchus and Dionysus, Weinbau, Kiona Heart of the Hill, Ciel du Cheval, Destiny Ridge, Gunselman Bench, Scootney Flats. That is a pan-Washington all-star Cabernet lineup (note: there is also 14% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot in the mix). The wine saw 22 months in French oak, 60% new and 40% once- and twice-used. Listed alc is 14.7%.

I haven’t been able to snag a sample of this yet (it was just released on May 1), but I’m plenty confident based on the long history and vineyard material and winemaking involved here. Also, there’s really no time to waste. I’m hearing that the Seattle-market parcel for the 2013 is half the size of the 2012, so allocations could get really ugly, and I want to stake our claim as quickly as possible. This is truly one of the flagship Cabernets produced in Washington, and I know how well-loved it is by our list members.

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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