2010 Medley® Alegría Vineyards
90 points - Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal - 2013 American Fine Wine Competition
Plush aromas of dark-toned fruit mingle with traces of floral, leather, and cedar. The bright, spicy entry quickly flows into a luscious texture revealing layers of flavors that linger on the palate. Blueberry, blackberry, cherry, and mocha dominate, while hints of wild strawberry, coffee, and molasses also peek through.
Balanced and multidimensional, this harmonious blend offers a unique combination of varietals that impart an array of delicious flavors.
Every Acorn wine is a field blend made by harvesting multiple varieties together and co-fermenting them. Medley goes a step further. It is our annual blend of our field blends—a distinctive composition that reflects each year in our Alegría Vineyards. Just as a musical medley inter-weaves different melodies, each vintage of Medley harmonizes the diverse flavors of our 60+ varieties, the year’s weather, and our diverse topography and terroir.
Our 11th Medley started with Bill’s “base blend” of more than 20 co-fermented varieties. After aging the base blend in neutral barrels for six months, we chose specific barrels of each of our 2010 varietal field-blended wines (Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Dolcetto) to blend into the base. Then, the final blend spent an additional ten months in barrel to fully integrate the diverse aromas and flavors.
Each year, blending the Medley is our priority. To ensure each vintage at Alegría Vineyards is reflected in every bottle of Medley, we blend it first to capture the essence of the year in our vineyards.