Abacela

Merlot 2004

Merlot 2004

Awards and Ratings

Recommended by Wine Press Northwest (Spring 2007)
89 points, Wine Enthusiast

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Merlot's rich black and red berry fruit and plush, velvety tannins make a marvelous canvas for blending.

Cabernet franc contributes minerality and perfume. Cabernet Sauvignon contributes a smoky essence and a fuller middle palate. Petit Verdot enhances acidity and spiciness.

This wine will provide enjoyment over the next two to four years with fare like braised lamb shanks with salt-cured garlic rub and grilled sweet potato fritters.

 

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley Pheasant Hill Vineyard, Rogue Valley Alta Seca Vineyard, Rogue Valley

Appellation: Southern Oregon

Harvest date: 7, 12, 13, 16, 18 October 2004

Varietal Composition: Merlot (75%), Cabernet franc 12%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Petit Verdot 3%

At harvest: Sugar; 24.7° brix, pH 3.71, TA 5.13 gms/liter

Cooperage: French (97%), American (3%), 19% new, 57% 2 year old

At Bottling:  Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 23 May 2006

Case Production: 679 (75ml)

Alcohol: 13.7% by volume

Release Date:  22 July 2006