This Mediterranean blend brings together varietals that create a wine greater than the sum of its parts. While excellent now, this smooth, moderately tannic wine will continue to improve in the bottle.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
89 points & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast
"This 15th edition of this nonvintage blend, sourced entirely from estate grapes (principally Tempranillo), is a sure-fire palate pleaser. Fresh and youthful, it’s bursting with plush boysenberries, loganberries and blackberries, annotated with a streak of coffee and cacao."
Excellent, Great Northwest Wine
"In past years, this proprietary Mediterranean-styled red has included as many as a baker’s dozen varieties, but this edition stands at 10 grapes — leading with Tempranillo (37%), Syrah (26%) and Malbec (11%). There’s nice meatiness in the nose with good support from black currant, smoky cherries, dried blueberries and chalkboard dust. Inside, it’s a bold drink of blueberry, huckleberry and pomegranate flavors that bring firm tannins and a finish of caramel."
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Varietal Composition: Tempranillo 37%, Syrah 26%, Malbec 11%, Petit Verdot 6%, Grenache 5.5%, Dolcetto 4.5%, Merlot 3%, Cabernet Sauvignon 3%, Graciano 3%, Bastardo 1%
Cooperage: French 95%, American 5%; 2% new, 26% 2-yr old, 72% 3-4 yr old.
Bottling Date: 20-21 April 2015
Alcohol: 13.7% by volume
Case Production: 2593 (750 mL)