Malbec 2006

2006 Malbec

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Malbec has proven to be an ideal varietal match to Southern Oregon’s climate. The Cox’s Rock and Chaotic Ridge parcels of our estate vineyards continually provide fruit of uncommon depth and refinement.

We ferment whole berries, press gently, and age the wines in French oak casks. These techniques combine to preserve the delicate perfume aromatics and highlight the ripe, unctuous blue and black fruit.

This Malbec will improve over the next three to five years and pair wonderfully with grilled pork ribs marinated in chipotle-mushroom aioli.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley

Appellation:  Southern Oregon AVA

Harvest Date:  14, 23, 27 October 2006

Varietal Composition:  Malbec 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 7%, Petit Verdot 3%

At harvest:  Sugar; 23.4° brix;  pH; 3.79  TA; 6.31 g/L

Cooperage:  French (94%), 12% new, 56% 2-yr old

At bottling:  Sugar; Nil

Bottling date:  4 June 2008

Case Production:  428 (750 mL) 

Alcohol:  13.3% by volume

Release Date:  13 September 2008

S R P:  $25.00 (750 mL) SOLD OUT