2016 Medley® Alegría Vineyards

2016 Medley® Alegría Vineyards


93 points - Purely Domestic Wine Report

Tasting Notes

Floral aromas with potpourri and dried apricot notes. The smooth mouthfeel is filled with luscious dark cherry, pomegranate, black raspberry, and ripe plum flavors accented by notes of baking spice and hints of mocha. Subtle nuances of tangerine and nectarine, appear on the lingering finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Like a musical medley (an arrangement of interwoven melodies) each vintage of ACORN Medley is a unique composition of more than 60 grape varieties reflecting the extraordinary diversity of our Alegría Vineyards. With each of our other wines, the blend is determined as we pick a mix of grapes, but Medley is our “blend of blends”. Since 2000, assembling it is our first priority in the year after harvest.

After we co-fermented Bill’s “base blend” of Cinsaut, eight different Muscat varieties, Syrah, Mataro, Grenache, Viognier, and numerous rare grapes including Blue Portuguese, Liatiko, and Einset, we aged it in barrel until June 2016. Then we tasted through all our 2015 wines to create this whole vineyard blend.

Our goal is to make a wine that best reflects the vintage and the diversity of the vineyard. There is no formula for this, since we decide based on aroma and flavor and how the grapes “play” together, so the proportions vary with each vintage. After Medley is blended, we age it in barrel for an additional six months before bottling.

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AppellationRussian River Valley
Sonoma County
Varietal20% Cinsaut,
20% Muscats,
18% Syrah,
14% Zinfandel,
4% Dolcetto,
4% Cabernet Franc,
3% Sangiovese,
2% Alicante Bouschet,
2% Petit Sirah,
1% Mourvedre
and 12% other
PairingPairs beautifully with an array of dishes, such as garlic rosemary tri-tip with roasted baby red potatoes, or roasted cauliflower with pomegranate and pine nuts.
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