Combining multiple varietal wines in differing proportions to create a blend that is “greater than the sum of its parts” is both a challenge and a pleasure. This particular blend accentuates the fresh fruit tones and rich mouthfeel while elevating beautiful aromatics of dark fruits, plums, and barrel spices. This smooth, moderately tannic Mediterranean style blend, while excellent now, will continue to improve over the next three to five years.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
"Best Buy!" Great Wines Northwest There’s an Iberian profile to this robust red, and it will stand up nicely on any night with Mediterranean fare. An estate blend that’s led by Tempranillo (44%), it’s backed by eight other varieties, including Syrah (17%), Merlot (16%), Malbec, Dolcetto, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Tannat. The nose brings black cherry cola, plums, allspice and chalkboard dust, and it follows through with piquant flavors of black cherry, cranberry and pomegranate with cocoa powder.
Silver Medal, 2014 Savor NW Wine Awards
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley
Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon AVA
Varietal Composition: Tempranillo (44%), Syrah (17%), Merlot (16%), Malbec (10%), Dolcetto (10%), Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Tannat
Cooperage: French 98%, American 2%; 22% 2-yr old, 31% 3-4 yr old.
Release Date: 13 March 2013
Alcohol: 13.4% by volume
Case Production: 2264 (750 mL)