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Big Red Revelry = Malbec & Merlot exposed!

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Our 2009 Malbec and 2009 Merlot make the Oregon Wine Press Big Red Revelry article this month.

BIG RED REVELRY
Oregon’s take on Bordeaux makes great impression on panel France’s famed Bordeaux region is recognized worldwide for a family of winegrapes that produce some of the greatest wines the world has ever known. Jointly referred to as the Bordeaux or Bordelaise varietals, they are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot are by far the most widely planted in Bordeaux. Likewise in the U.S., the three have been universally embraced by winemakers, primarily as singly bottled varietals.

In Oregon, these late ripening varieties are planted primarily in the Rogue and Umpqua valleys. As of 2011, total acreages were Cabernet Sauvignon, 640, Merlot, 460, and Cabernet Franc, 120 acres. The varieties also thrive in Washington’s Columbia and Yakima valley AVAs as well as the Walla Walla Valley AVA, which is shar…