Merlot 2009

Merlot 2009

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Winemaker Notes

This full bodied, varietally correct wine was assembled from our best barrels of Merlot sourced from three vineyards in southern Oregon including our estate Fault Line Vineyards in the Umpqua. This brooding wine has purple fruit aromas like ripe plum, black currant, and raspberry that revolve around flavors of milk chocolate, cherry, dried herbs, and oak spice. This wine will continue to improve over the next five years. Pair with a grilled thick cut T-bone steak with roasted baby potatoes.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Gold Medal, 2013 SavorNW Wine Awards

Outstanding!, Great Northwest Wine
"The Joneses didn’t migrate across the country to make many wines from mainstream grapes, and this is one of the few that fits in that category. In the hands of winemaker Andrew Wenzl, this is a classic Merlot made in the Northwest style. He brought in grapes from the estate Fault Line Vineyards, as well as two locations in the Rogue Valley. This enchanting wine opens with aromas of brown sugar, Cherry Garcia ice cream, blackberry and even a whisper of sizzling bacon. On the palate, it is loaded with dark and exciting flavors, including cola, black tea, black olive and ripe dark fruit. We even detected something that reminded us of chocolate-covered orange peel. It’s all backed with bright acidity and moderate tannins. This perfectly balanced red is delicious now and should continue to provide delicious happiness for the next decade."

Value Pick, Oregon Wine Press
"A drinker that delivers now yet prefers to be laid away. Well-balanced layers of dry yet fleshy flavors include both red and black fruits, chocolate and herbal notes."

Technical Notes

Appellation:  Southern Oregon AVA
Harvest Date:  3, 6, 7, 9, 16, 29 October 2009
At harvest:  Sugar; 23.6° brix   pH; 3.60   TA; 7.31 grams/liter    
Cooperage:  French (71%), American (29%), 11% new, 26% 2-yr old
Varietal Composition:  Merlot 87%, Cab. Sauvignon 6%, Malbec 5%, Petit Verdot 2%
Alcohol:  14.0% by volume
Case Production:  708 (750 mL)