Abacela

Malbec 2004

Malbec 2004

Awards and Ratings

Outstanding! by Wine Press Northwest (Spring 2007)

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

We were blessed with an outstanding crop of Malbec fruit in 2004. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of it. What we did harvest turned into deliciously fruity, intense wine that resounds with ripe red plum, black cherry, and crushed raspberry aromatics.

Flavors of blue and black fruits precede a dry, balanced finish that has hints of earth, mushroom, and oak playing along side the fruit.

We also thought a small blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet franc was appropriate to accent the Malbec’s minerality and tannic structure.

We like a boneless rotisserie leg of lamb with honey-bourbon-chipotle glaze.

B. Kiley Evans, Winemaker

Technical Notes

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

Appellation:  Southern Oregon

Harvest Date:  6, 12, 14, 16, & 18 October 2004

Varietal Composition:  Malbec 75%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Cabernet Franc 10%

At harvest:  Sugar; 23.4° Brix, 3.51 pH, TA 5.65 gms/liter

Cooperage:  French (88%), American (12%), 12% new, 56% 2-yr old

At bottling:  Sugar; Nil

Bottling date:  19 April 2006

Case Production:  212 (750ml) 

Alcohol:  13.6% by volume

Release Date:  5 June 2006

S R P:  $23.00 (750ml) SOLD OUT