2016 Malbec Reserve
Our 2016 Malbec Reserve has flavors of blackberry, blueberry, violets, cedar and mocha with a silky-rich finish. Classic varietal character & moderate tannins make this an incredibly drinkable red wine. Extended barrel aging also contributes notes of earth, forest, leather & tobacco.
Malbec is native to France but made famous by Argentina, where it produces fruit-forward quaffable wines. In our California climate is also produces grapes with intense fruit flavors—primarily blueberry and blackberry—but also distinct notes of violets and mocha. After hand-picking the grapes, we destemmed but left the berries whole, resulting in partial carbonic maceration (an internal metabolic fermentation which produces candied fruit flavors). We then fermented this wine on the skins in stainless steel tanks at a cool temperature of 65F for 3 weeks, including a brief cold soak and extended maceration. These techniques maximized the fruit and floral notes of the grape. We aged this wine on 30% new French and American oak and cherry and maple wood for 10. At this point, the wine was racked back down to new oak barrels once more and aged for an additional 12 months, adding tertiary notes of earth, forest, leather & tobacco. It was then blended with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon reserve wine to add complexity & strength. The final blend is complex & powerful.
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