Spring Releases

Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley
This is the varietal that we believe will increasingly be recognized as the icon varietal of Washington State and comprises the majority of our production. This Cabernet is stylish, elegant, and impeccably balanced. We accomplish this by meticulous viticultural management, utilization of a rare sorting system, gentle handling of the fruit and the wine, customized practices for every lot no matter how small, and carefully selected French oak.

Estate Syrah

Walla Walla Valley
The fruit for this wine is grown at an elevation of 1310 feet on the grounds of the Winery. The higher elevation and the proximity to the Blue Mountains, gives this vineyard a longer, cooler ripening season than most other areas of the Walla Walla Appellation. The cooler site results in a style much like that of a classic Northern Rhone with complexity and balance without the concentration and higher alcohol levels of Syrah produced in warmer areas.

Estate Viognier

Walla Walla Valley
We have almost two acres of this special varietal planted at Abeja. It is cropped to less than two tons per acre, very carefully pressed, then barrel fermented in neutral French oak. This results in a wine that has a profusion of aromas followed by incredible complexity and viscosity that is balanced with a level of acidity that is so often missing in Viognier. It is a perfect wine for the summer. When well chilled it is still so generous and flavorful.

Beekeeper's Blend

Columbia Valley
This is our everyday red table wine. Produced from fruit grown in our younger vineyards, it is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with some combination of the following varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Syrah and Petit Verdot. The exact composition varies from vintage to vintage and is always listed on the back label.



Autumn Releases


CABERNET SAUVIGNON, RESERVE BOTTLING

Columbia Valley
At Abeja, a reserve is a wine of very limited production that reflects the absolute best of an outstanding vintage. We select our favorite barrels from our finest lots and blend them to make a wine that captures the special nature of the vintage and embodies our vision of classic Cabernet Sauvignon produced from grapes grown in Washington State. Vintages to date with the special reserve designation are 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2009.

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Heather Hill

Walla Walla Valley
From our Estate Vineyard, Heather Hill, located on the south side of the Walla Walla Valley AVA. This wine has exotic, wonderful high-toned aromatics, with a red fruit profile of raspberry, cherry, and plum. A nice brown herbal note gives a savory quality to the complexity. This is classic Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Generally bottled before the Columbia Valley Cabernet, but released six months later. 

MERLOT

Columbia Valley
This classic varietal is perfectly suited for special growing areas of Washington State, and while it blends beautifully with Cabernet Sauvignon, it has the quality and character to stand firmly on its own. It is a pure, lush, classic Merlot with a special intensity that comes with Washington State fruit.

Chardonnay

Washington State
Carefully chosen cool climate sites provide the fruit for this Chardonnay. We then employ all of the traditional techniques: whole cluster pressing, barrel fermentation, and aging sur lie. The result is a Chardonnay with elegance and richness that is balanced with nice acidity making it an excellent companion to food.

Estate CHARDONNAY

Walla Walla Valley
The elevation at Abeja is 1300 feet, and temperature fluctuations of as much as forty-plus degrees between day and night are special to this part of the valley. This is why we thought to try such a cool-climate varietal in Walla Walla. We have ten rows of the Dijon 76 clone of Chardonnay at Abeja, from which we pick only select plants to make this wine. This Chardonnay is old-world in style, with a hint more richness than the Washington State Chardonnay combined with a classic minerality.