Vintner's Blend 16

Vintner's Blend 16

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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

90 points & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast
"Roughly half estate-grown Tempranillo, this smooth and deeply-fruited red includes small amounts of 10 other grapes. For all that it's complete, complex and composed, with pomegranate jam, loganberries, polished tannins and prolonged power. Drink now through 2020."
 
Outstanding!, Great Northwest Wine
"The robust Spanish grape Tempranillo is the historic headliner at storied Abacela in Southern Oregon, and so it understandably makes up essentially half of this Mediterranean-style blend that calls upon 11 varieties. Syrah is the next grape up (21%) for winemaker Andrew Wenzl, who used it to create remarkable balance while toning down the tannins. There’s still ample grip, yet there’s an abundance of fruitiness to match. The nose features hints of black currant, cherry and lingonberry with touches of caramel corn and oregano. Inside, blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate flavors are joined by tannins reminiscent of espresso grounds, which are led out by a raspberry cream finish."
 
Excellent, "Red Wines Under $30" by Wine Press Northwest
"Southern Oregon winemaker Andrew Wenzl led with Tempranillo - what else might we expect from the kings of Northwest Tempranillo? - for this delicious red. Aromas of cherry, caramel and spice jump out of the glass. On the palate, it’s a big wine with flavors of red cherry and ripe strawberry. Drink now or enjoy for at least the next half-decade."
 

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
 
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
 
Varietal Composition:  Tempranillo 45%, Syrah 21%, Malbec 10%, Merlot 6%, Petit Verdot 6%, Tannat 3%, Dolcetto 3%, Touriga Naçional 2%, Graciano 2%, Tinta Amarela 1%, Grenache 1%
 
Cooperage:  French 98%, American 2%; 2% new, 42% 2-yr old
 
Bottling Date:  18-19 May 2016
 
At Bottling: pH; 3.86; TA; 6.40 grams/liter
 
Alcohol:  13.7% 
 
Case Production:  2,486