Malbec 2009

Malbec 2009

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Winemaker Notes

Our estate vineyards provide Malbec fruit of uncommon depth and complexity. Meticulous attention in the vineyard, picking at peak ripeness and gentle handling, combined with 18 months in French oak contribute to making this a wine of distinction. Sun drenched blackberries, cassis and hints of dried lavender meld with integrated oak, velvety tannins and earth to create a balanced wine. This wine will continue to improve for five to seven years. Pair with foods such as smoked wild boar with a verjus and cherry reduction sauce..


Awards, Ratings, Reviews

90 points, Wine Spectator

Gold Medal, 2012 World of Wine Festival Wine Competition

89 points, Oregon Wine Geeks
"This is a dark inky wine from the Abacela vineyard and winery in the Umpqua Valley.  The nose is dark fruit, cherries and plums, floral overtones and esters.  The mouth feel is quite full with a tart deep fruit and tart acidic layer leading to a very full tannic finish.  This is a really good expression of Malbec from Southern Oregon comparable to any good Argentinean Malbec and will compliment any rich food.  Drink now but it will improve further over the next five years."

Value Pick, Oregon Wine Press
"Abacela’s handful of estate acres constitute much of Malbec’s Pacific Northwest plantings. But the results indicate that perhaps there should be more. A sweet, smoky, floral intro persuades while complex flavors led by dark berries and oak convince. Good balance seals the deal."

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  1, 8, 9, 16, 25, 29 October 2009
At harvest:  Sugar; 23.6° brix  
Cooperage:  French (96%), American (4%); 19% new, 7% 2-yr old
At bottling:  Sugar; nil   pH; 3.47   TA; 5.96 grams/liter
Alcohol:  14.1% by volume
Case Production:  582 (750 mL)