2007 Medley® Alegría Vineyards
Gold Medal - 2009 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
From the very first whiff, our ’07 Medley entices with its deep fruit aromas and spicy flair. The opulent texture offers delicious berry and dark fruit flavors folded into a layer of baking spices. Dried strawberries and a floral essence appear mid-palate, while plum and coffee linger into the finish. The wonderful integration of fruit, oak, and tannins creates a harmonious and interesting wine.
Like a musical medley (an arrangement of interwoven melodies) each vintage of Acorn Medley is a unique vineyard composition representing the essence of Alegría Vineyards and showcasing the unusual diversity of grapes we grow. It reflects our terroir, our field blend tradition, and the effects of the weather during the vintage year. 2007 Medley is our eighth rendition.
Medley takes field blending another step because it is our “blend of field blends.” Each year Bill makes a base blend that includes several aromatic and exotic varieties. After that is produced, we determine which of our other wines “play well” with the base blend to form the final blend. In 2007, the base blend for Medley is the union of three separate blends.
Lot 1 was a field blend that included Syrah, Cinsaut, six Muscat varieties, Mourvedre (Mataro), and Viognier. For Lot 2, we crushed and co-fermented a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, and other varieties from our old Zin field blend, along with several table grapes. We crushed and co-fermented a blend of Cabernet Franc and Syrah for our third lot. The three lots were fermented in ¾ ton open top fermenters with a combination of native and cultured yeasts and gently punched down several times a day to extract color and flavor. After the completion of malolactic fermentation, the three lots were racked and blended. Later, we added more field-blended Zinfandel and Syrah to the base blend to create this elegant and complex wine.
Sept. 27 & 28, Oct. 7,8,13,24 & 31,2007
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 17 months in 77% American and 23% French oak barrels; 15% new oak
May 18, 2009