Malbec 2013

Malbec 2013

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Winemaker Notes

This complex full bodied wine was assembled from our best barrels of Malbec. Aromas of blackberries, chocolate, oak and dried lavender meld with broad tannins and an earthy spice to create both tension and balance in this structured wine.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

91 points & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast
"This outstanding Malbec dazzles with scents of tobacco and chocolate, flavors of sour cherry and plum, and impressive concentration and persistence. The flavors gather strength and focus, adding details of lavender and lemon curd, as they roll into a lingering finish."

Outstanding!, Wine Press Northwest
"Winemaker Andrew Wenzl crafted this gorgeous Malbec from estate grapes in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. This opens with aromas of minerality, sea salt and blackberry followed by flavors of black tea and big ripe purple fruits — all supported with assertive tannins and bright acidity."

Silver Medal, The Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition

Recommended, "Red Wines Under $30" by Wine Press Northwest
"This Roseburg, Ore., winery was among the first in the state to make a standalone Malbec, but then the Joneses have always been trendsetters. This offers vanilla, spice and black cherry aromas and flavors, backed by hints of cocoa powder in the finish."

Recommended, Great Northwest Wine
"Longtime Oregon winemaker Andrew Wenzl made four picks across the Jones family’s Fault Line Vineyards three weeks apart in preparation for this selection from two clones established on blocks amounting to 7 acres. There’s significant age to these vines, some dating to the original Abacela planting in 1995. The nose of dusty black currant, President plum, dark toast, Jolly Rancher Grape candy, lavender and lilac leads to a rich and brawny delivery of elderberry and pomegranate with a finish of Red Vines licorice. It’s built for the long haul, yet enjoy with Steak au Poivre along the way."

Silver Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition

Wines of the Week, WinesNW.com (10/17)
"Abacela winery and estate Fault Line Vineyard is just south of Roseburg, Oregon in the Umpqua Valley AVA.  Winemaker Andrew Wenzl has been working Abacela wines since 2003 and has been head winemaker since 2008.  This wine from the best barrels of Malbec features blackberry and black currant with complex notes of dark chocolate, toasty oak and lavender." 

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
 
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
 
Harvest Date:  19, 27 Sept., 9, 10 October 2013
 
At harvest:  Sugar; 23.5° Brix, pH; 3.72, TA; 5.30 grams/liter
 
At bottling:  Sugar; Nil
 
Cooperage:  French (100%), 25% new, 25% 2 year old, 50% neutral
 
Bottling date:  23 July 2015
 
Alcohol:  13.3% by volume
 
Case Production:  600 (750 mL)