Malbec 2008

Malbec 2008

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Winemaker Notes

Wow! Very youthful, this darkly colored and brooding wine opens with floral notes, quickly followed by dark fruit, blackberries and blueberries. This ultra ripe wine fills the mouth with velvety tannins and balanced acidity, finishing with a touch of oak. We underestimated the ageability of this wine... it will last through 2015 without fault.

 

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

90 points, Oregon Wine Geeks
This Malbec from Abacela in the Umpqua Valley is a deep dark ruby colored wine.  Abacela specializes in Spanish varietals generally but the Malbec is very good.  A big nose, black and red fruit, white pepper, vanilla and ginger on the end.  The wine is big in the mouth, full bodied with mouth numbing tannin that is long lasting and delightful through and through.

Recommended, Wine Press Northwest
The grapes for this delicious Malbec came from Abacela's estate Fault Line Vineyard as well as Alta Seca Vineyard in the Rogue Valley. The resulting wine offers aromas of Marionberries and boysenberries, followed by flavors of dark, ripe fruit as well as allspice and a nice line of minerality. We suggest pairing this with cannelloni, coq a vin, gumbo or lamb chops.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley; Alta Seca Vineyard, Rogue Valley
Appellation:  Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  30 September; 6, 18, 19, 26, 30 October 2008
At harvest:  Sugar; 22.8° brix pH; 3.40 TA; 5.75 grams/liter         
Cooperage:  French (94%), American (6%); 27% new, 47% 2-yr old
Bottling date:  14 July 2010
Alcohol:  13.3% by volume
Case Production:  402 (750 mL)