2012 Medley® Alegría Vineyards
92 points - Wine Enthusiast
91 points - Purely Domestic Wine Report
90 points - Zinfandel Chronicles
Rich aromas of vanillin oak weave through layers of plum and dark berries mixed with baking spices. The delicious, spice-driven entry bursts with strawberry, red raspberry, cherry, with hints of rhubarb and pomegranate. Black raspberry and plum join mid-palate, along with creamy mocha, milk chocolate, and a touch of blueberry. Coffee, white pepper, and vanillin oak enhance the long finish. The opulent fruit essence is balanced with slightly chewy tannins and gentle oak.
Like a musical medley (an arrangement of interwoven melodies) each vintage of ACORN Medley is a unique composition. It reflects the unusual diversity of the 60+ grape varieties we grow, the terroir of our Alegría Vineyards, and our field-blending tradition.
For each vintage, Medley is our first priority. We create this elegant “blend of blends” to capture the flavors of the year in our vineyards, and 2012 was a nearly perfect year.
Our tradition of 13 years starts with Bill’s co-fermented “base blend,” which includes Cinsaut, Mataro, Grenache, Viognier, eight different muscat varieties, and rare grapes such as Blue Portuguese, Liatiko, Einsett, and various table grapes.
After six months of barrel aging, we selected specific barrels of our other 2012 wines to blend with the base, then assembled the blend for additional barrel aging before bottling. 41% of this year’s multifaceted Medley is from our old 1890 field blend vineyard.