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 wine of distinction.
Blackberries, chocolate, oak and hints of dried lavender meld with broad tannins and an earthy spice to create both tension and balance in this structured wine.
With cellaring, this wine will improve for six to eight years. Pairings include grilled flat iron steak with tomatillo sauce or smoked pork belly confit.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Double Gold Medal, 2016 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Double Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal, Greatest of the Grape Professional Judging
Best Wine & Food Pairing, runner-up at the Greatest of the Grape
Silver Medal, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date: October 2012
At harvest: Sugar; 24.1° Brix pH; 3.50 TA; 6.98 grams/liter
French (100%), 46% new, 38% 2 year old, 16% neutral
Bottling date: 3 July 2014
Alcohol: 14.1% by volume
Case Production: 263.67 (750 mL)