Abacela

Claret 2004

Claret 2004

Awards and Ratings

Recommended, Northwest Palate (May/June 2007)
89 points, Wine Enthusiast
Outstanding!, Wine Press Northwest(Spring 2007)

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

This is our second vintage of Claret. We specifically blend this wine from our best lots of traditional red Bordeaux varieties with the goal of producing a singular expression of Southern Oregon.

This majestic wine features intense aromatics of black currant, cassis, and licorice with hints of toast and flower blossoms. The palate displays crushed raspberry and blackberry fruit, flint-laced minerals, and subtle oak on the focused, polished finish.

This well balanced and concentrated wine can be enjoyed young if properly aerated and will reward the patient if aged for five to seven years. Pair this with bold dishes like smoked provolone, sage, and bacon-stuffed KC strip.

B. Kiley Evans, Winemaker

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley; Pheasant Hill Vineyard, Rogue Valley; Alta Seca Vineyard, Rogue Valley

Appellation: Southern Oregon

Harvest Date: 7, 12, 14, 16, 18 October 2004

Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 35%, Cabernet franc 4%, Petit Verdot 1%

At harvest: Sugar;25.6° brix  pH; 3.82  TA; 4.58 grams/liter

Cooperage: French (100%), 22% new, 3% 2-yr old

At bottling: Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 21 April 2006

Case Production: 243 (750ml)

Alcohol: 14.2% by volume

Release Date: 9 October 2006

S R P: $35.00 (750ml) SOLD OUT

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