2011 Medley® Alegría Vineyards
94 points & Platinum Medal - 2014 Sommelier Challenge Wine Competition
94 points - WineReviewOnline.com
Inviting aromas of fresh-squeezed raspberry and strawberry are layered with spicy plum and earthy floral notes. The bright, fruit-forward entry showcases mixed red berries and a touch of rhubarb mid-palate. Dark striations of spicy cherry, dark plum, and vanillin oak fill in the finish as the flavors linger. Integrated supple tannins and oak provide a solid foundation.
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 60+ grape varieties we grow, and our field-blending tradition.
For each vintage, creating Medley is our priority. We blend this elegant “blend of blends” first to capture the essence of the year in Alegría Vineyards.
For our 12th rendition of ACORN Medley, we first crushed and co-fermented our “base blend,” which includes relatively rare grapes such as Cinsaut, Mataro, Blue Portuguese, Liatiko, Grenache, eight different muscat varieties, Viognier, Einsett, and other table grapes.
After the base blend and all our other 2011 field blend wines aged six months in barrel, we conducted tasting trials to see how our other 2011 wines complemented the base blend, then assembled the final Medley blend for another six months of barrel aging before bottling.