Merlot 2008

Merlot 2008

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Winemaker Notes

This fruit forward wine was built from the best barrel lots of Merlot sourced from three vineyards in southern Oregon including our estate Fault Line Vineyards. It has characteristic ripe plum, currant, and dark fruit aromas that revolve around notes of chocolaty oak, cherry, dried herbs, and spice. The wine will continue to improve with proper storage for the next five years. Pair with a juicy grilled ribeye and baby carrots.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

90 points, Oregon Wine Geeks
A richer wine than the 2007 Merlot from Abacela, the nose shows a rich deep black fruit, clove and cardamom.  The taste is a large tart fruit, black cherry, with supple and acidic tannin.  This is a very fine merlot from a premier Umpqua Valley producer.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley
Alta Seca Vineyard, Rogue Valley
Pheasant Hill Vineyard, Rogue Valley       
Appellation:  Southern Oregon AVA
Harvest Date:  5, 12, 13, 18, 19, 26 and 30 October 2008
At harvest:  Sugar; 23.9° brix  pH; 3.63  TA; 4.59 grams/liter       
Cooperage:  French (60%), American (40%), 24% new, 36% 2-yr old
Alcohol:  13.9% by volume
Case Production:  605 (750 mL)