This is the seventh release of our fruit forward, less tannic and earlier maturing Tempranillo, which was delicious upon bottling. The fruit sources included our West Slope block. The beautiful aromatics, focused red fruit flavors, and seamless finish will continue to improve over the next four to six years.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Gold Medal, 2011 Northwest Wine Summit
88 points & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast (March 2011)
A portion of this is estate grown, the rest sourced from neighboring southern Oregon vineyards. Harvested at just 24 brix, its an elegant style, with plenty of tart wild berry flavors, and alcohol under 14%. Just a bare hint of new oak adds a nice toasty note to a black cherry finish.
Recommended, Wine Press Northwest (Spring 2011)
Alluring aromas of plums, Dr Pepper, horehound, chocolate and dusty roses funnel into a bold drink of cherries and chocolate. It comes backed by racy blueberry acidity and tannins that will relax over time. Enjoy now with osso buco or some Famous Dave's barbecue.
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley; McCorquodale Vineyard, Umpqua Valley;
Appellation: Southern Oregon AVA
Harvest Date: 30 Sept.; 1, 2, 5, 6, 11-15, 18, 30 October 2008
At harvest: Sugar; 23.5°-24.0° brix pH; 3.56 TA; 8.7 g/L
Cooperage: French (93%), American (7%), 3% new, 35% 2yo
Closure: Stelvin screwcap
Alcohol: 13.7% by volume
Case Production: 1835 (750 mL)