Abacela

Merlot 2005

Merlot 2005

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Our Merlot for 2005 is comprised of fruit from our estate Fault Line Vineyards in the Umpqua as well as Alta Seca and Pheasant Hill in the Rogue and Steelhead Run in the Applegate.

A cool ripening period preserved the grapes’ natural acidity and delicate aromas. You’ll find deep ripe currant, blackberry, and slightly jammy blueberry aromas with herbal, spice, and toasty hints.

Ripe berry fruit flavors hover on the palate as the balanced acidity and velvety texture merge into a medium-full bodied finish.

This wine will age gracefully over the next three to five years and be ideal with pan roasted pork medallions and herbed compound butter.

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
Steelhead Run, Applegate Valley

Appellation: Southern Oregon

Harvest date:  11, 16, 27, 29 & 30 October 2005

Varietal Composition: Merlot 90%, Malbec 5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 3%, Petit Verdot 2%

At harvest:  23.9° brix pH; 3.72 TA; 4.30 grams/liter

Cooperage: French (95%), American (5%), 18% new, 66% 2-year old

At Bottling:  Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 4 April 2007

Case Production: 912 (75ml)

Alcohol: 14.4% by volume

Release Date:  4 June 2007

S R P: $19.50 (750ml) SOLD OUT

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