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Abeja Winery, Walla Walla (Oct 2022)

Abeja Winery was established by Ken & Ginger Harrison, who purchased the farmstead property in 2000, with the goal of making world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. The historical property was restored to create an Inn that provides a comfortable stay in a cozy farm cottage setting with gourmet breakfasts amidst wine country.

Abeja's acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot are crafted by winemakers Daniel Wampfler and Amy Alvarez-Wampfler. They source from their estate-grown grapes from Heather Hill Estate and Mill Creek Estate (which surrounds the Inn), as well as some excellent Columbia Valley vineyards (Bacchus, Dionysus, Weinbau, Celilo, and Conner Lee).

2021 Chardonnay, Washington State

100% Chardonnay

Abeja Estate, Celilo Vineyard, Connor Lee

“Creamy lemon and apple blossoms open on the nose with hints of sea salt. Lemon meringue and honeydew are woven through a lightly viscous, seamless palate with minerality. Finally, stone fruits and baking spices appear towards the close, culminating in a full and mouthwatering finish.”

2020 Beekeper’s Blend, Washington State

44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Mill Creek Estate, Abeja Estate, Dionysus and Weinbau

“An intriguing nose of clove. violets and earth weave together with plentiful red and blue fruits. A juicy entry continues into a refreshing and lightly weighted palate. Bursts of cranberry combine with undertones of lavender and black walnut layered with plum which continue to develop in flavor and complexity throughout the finish.”

Rating 4.0

2020 Merlot, Columbia Valley

99% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Abeja Estate, Mill Creek, Bacchus, Weinbau, Dionysus

“Ripe berries and black plum with clove, forest and leather greet the nose. Dark fruit notes are echoed on a moderately weighted palate with smooth tannins. Dried herbs and chocolate ganache are layered with juicy ribbons of huckleberry and strawberry that remain throughout a plush finish.”

Rating 4.0

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Petit Verdot

Bacchus, Dionysus, Weinbau, Sagemoor, Heather Hill Estate, Abeja Estate, Mill Creek Estate, Ciel Du Cheval

“Sophisticated layers of wild blackberry, forest and baking spice mingle with violets, leather and vanilla. Well balanced by a fullness in fruit, tannins and acidity. Morello cherries appear with black pepper, lavender, cocoa powder on the palate. Towards the close, darker notes of walnut and dark plum emerge and continue throughout a lengthy finish.”

Rating 3.9

Abeja is a gorgeous place to taste, and stay in wine country, particularly for a group getaway. Service was great, and the ambience is warm and inviting. We enjoyed the 2020 Beeker's Blend and 2020 Merlot.


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