On our first trip to Washington we tasted a lot of wines and visited many wineries. After tasting through the offerings of a premium winery with the best technology and facilities we were left scratching our heads as to why we thought the wines were good, but not great. We were silent on our ten minute trip out the foot of the Blue Mountains to meet with John Abbott and Molly Galt, wine maker and GM at Abeja. After John poured us a glass of his Cabernet from tank the light went on for us because this wine had the answer.
John Abbott is making some of the most soulful wine in Washington. At its best, we feel Washington can bring sense of old world structure, minerality, and acidity to new world fruit. We count Abeja among the best.
Traditional methods combined with innovative techniques, and a meticulous commitment to detail, define the Abeja wine making philosophy. From the site chosen to plant the vines, and the care given them throughout the year, to harvest, and through the numerous stages of the wine making process, there are many choices to make and each have a lasting and cumulative effect upon quality.