One might assume that Owen Roe’s 2009 Abbot’s Table Red, a blend of nine varietals, is a kitchen sink blend of leftovers that did not fit in any number of this producer’s other phenomenal bottlings. Believe it or not, this is the first wine that winemaker David O’Reilly produces each year, with all of his juice at his disposal.His goal each year is to have the Abbot’s Table be a perfect reflection of the vintage. The 2009 is a gorgeous burst of fresh, red, ripe fruit. Bright acidity and spice zing through. The blend is dizzying: 25% Zinfandel, 20% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 13% Grenache, 7% Blaufrankish, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Merlot. Phew! It’s quite a list, but each grape adds to the harmony of this wine, allowing it to dance gracefully around the palate, weighty and light on its feet at the same time. David O’Reilly strikes again with a seriously tasty treat in the 2009 Abbot’s Table.
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