2006 Chemin de Terre : A to Z Wineworks : Oregon USA

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Founded in 2002, A to Z is Oregon’s fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon’s best wines by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing. A to Z’s partnership blends unique skills. Bill Hatcher brought an extensive background in strategy and finance to the Oregon wine industry and Domaine Drouhin Oregon, which he managed for 13 years before founding A to Z. Bill hired renowned winemakers Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis, winemakers respectively for Archery Summit and Chehalem for 8 years, who brought in creativity and technical expertise resulting in fantastic Oregon wines. Made from an artful blend of 44% Merlot, 17.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17.5% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Sangiovese, 4% Grenache, and 2% Pinot Noir. All fruit was sourced southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley. Aromas of berries (boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries), Bing cherries, coffee, cocoa and tobacco. With aeration, aromas of plums, pepper, truffles, minerals and cedar emerge. In the mouth, the succulent flavors mirror the aromatics without compromising the wine’s serious nature. A classic tannin/fruit balance gives shape and elegance to the wine while good acidity promises some ageing ability. These big 2006 wines were aged in French oak for 18 months and then aged an additional 15 months in bottle and will drink well now and for another two to five years.

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