While the Jones family’s storied site continues to earn international acclaim for its work with Iberian Peninsula varieties, Fault Line Vineyards and seasoned winemaker Andrew Wenzl add more proof that Southern Oregon deserves to be in the discussion of approachable Merlot. And while the historic establishment of Tempranillo continues to attract much of the attention, these 3.6 acres of Merlot were part of that original 1995 planting. The selection of 10 barrels yields floral notes and dark purple tones akin to plum and blueberry, showcased in a smooth structure that’s capped by toothsome black currant acidity.
Rating: Double gold medal – 95 points
Production: 256 cases