Malbec 2011

Malbec 2011

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Winemaker Notes

*Library Selection*

Site selection, meticulous vineyard management, vine maturity, and harvesting at optimal ripeness  translate into fruit of uncommon density and complexity. Gentle winemaking with 20 months in French oak contributed to making this Malbec a noble wine of distinction. Briary blackberries, milk chocolate, cedar and hints of dried lavender meld with broad tannins and an earthy spice to create a balanced and structured wine. With cellaring this wine will improve for six to eight years. Pairings include blackened Ahi or bacon wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Gold Medal, 2014 Oregon Wine Awards
Value Pick, February 2015 "Big and Beautiful" Oregon Wine Press

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  12, 13, 24, 25, 27 October 2011
At harvest:  Sugar; 23.6° Brix 
At bottling:  Sugar; Nil  pH; 3.54 TA; 6.98 grams/liter
Cooperage:  French (100%), 29% new, 71% 2-year wood
Bottling date:  7 August 2013
Alcohol:  13.5% by volume
Case Production:  451 (750 mL)