Vintner's Blend 15

Vintner's Blend 15

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Winemaker Notes

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."

Technical Notes

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)