Merlot 2013

Merlot 2013

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Winemaker Notes

This complex, medium bodied wine was assembled from our best barrels of Merlot. Aromas of blackberries, olives and savory herbs revolve around flavors of cherry, truffle and chocolate.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Excellent, "Red Wines Under $30" by Wine Press Northwest
"One of the few mainstream grapes grown at this Roseburg, Ore., winery, Merlot has long been an important part of the program at Abacela. This offers aromas and flavors of pomegranate, pink peppercorns and ripe tomato. Bright acidity and assertive tannins provide ample structure."
Wines of the Week, Merlot and Sausage – A Fall Tasting Challenge
"Red wines from the Umpqua Valley of Oregon gained a new measure of international respect when Earl and Hilda Jones planted their Fault Line Vineyard in 1995 and crafted their first wines a few years later. This Merlot from the estate vineyard shows the warm climate influence with ripe blackberry and cherry fruit, and completes the performance with complex flavors of olives, herbs, cocoa and toasty oak."

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  27 September, 6, 14 October 2013
At harvest:  Sugar; 22.8° Brix; pH; 3.72; TA; 4.40 grams/liter
At bottling:  Sugar; Nil 
Cork:  Diam 10
Cooperage:  French (73%), American (27%), 39% new, 61% neutral
Bottling date:  2 June 2015
Alcohol:  13.2% by volume
Case Production:  598 (750 mL)