2008 Medley® Alegría Vineyards
Exceptional - Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Very Good - Ken's Wine Guide.com
9 points (out of 10) - Alder Yarrow's Vinography.com
Lovely aromatics of spicy berry and smoky oak mingle with a delicate floral essence. Luscious juicy flavors of ripe blackberry, dried strawberries, and blueberry wrap around a core of dark plum and cocoa. A touch of baking spices, licorice, and orange essence join the well-integrated flavors as they linger into the finish.
Like a musical medley (an arrangement of interwoven melodies) each vintage of Acorn Medley is a unique vineyard composition that reflects the terroir of our vineyards, the unusual diversity of grape varieties we grow, and our field-blending tradition. Each year, the weather conditions for the vintage, plus our grape growing and blending decisions, influence the wines we produce. For us, Medley represents the essence of Alegría Vineyards for that vintage.
For our ninth Acorn Medley, we first crushed, cold-soaked, and co-fermented our “base blend,” which includes Syrah, Cinsaut, Viognier, Mataro, six different muscat varieties, Béclan, Einsett, and other table grapes. All our 2008 wines were then barrel aged for a year before we conducted tasting trials to see which of our 2008 wines played well with the Medley base blend. After trying various combinations, we decided to add seven barrels of our field-blended Cabernet Franc and seven barrels of our field-blended Zinfandel to the base blend.
The result is this elegant and complex wine that showcases the essence of the 2008 vintage at Alegría Vineyards.
October 7, 15, 17 & 27, 2008
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 13 months in 53% American, 25% French, and 22% Hungarian oak barrels; 18% new oak
December 9, 2009