Robust dark toned aromas offer hints of ripe berries woven with mocha and chocolate, but don’t disclose the delicious treat that follows. The velvety entry flows into a round mouthfeel and spicy texture that burst with flavors while caressing the palate. Lush blueberry and huckleberry mingle with traces of blackberry and baking spices, while a touch of violet joins the fruit near the long finish. Seamlessly integrated tannins and vanillin oak add structure and dimension to this concentrated beauty.
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Production: 65 cases
FROM THEDRUNKENCYCLIST.COM – “If there were ever a brooding wine, this would be it. Dark. Really dark. Even opaque (I like that word). Fantastic blackberry, cassis, cedar, and clove: sounds like a fantastic combination, and it is. Whoa. The palate is slightly fruitier than the nose, but there is also even more intrigue: earth, depth, fruit intermingle as if they were all cousins at a Jewish wedding, lifting the chair to the sky. I knew before I opened this bottle that this was one of my favorite “secret” wineries in Dry Creek. Now I know it–this is fantastic and underscores my faith in Janice as a winemaker. This might be the best domestic Malbec I have had. Whoa. Outstanding. 92-94 Points.” July 22, 2016
FROM KENS WINE GUIDE – “This opaque and deep ruby colored Malbec was very well received by the panel. It opens with a mild black raspberry bouquet with hints of kiwi and black cherry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty mild black plum with notes of cinnamon. We also detected hints of black cherry, dark chocolate, and strawberry. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this very good Malbec with a filet mignon or a stuffed pork loin. Enjoy – KWGTP” March 20, 2016 Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
The excellent 2013 growing season started with a warm, dry Spring that created great conditions during bloom which allowed almost all of the self-fertile blooms to become pollinated and create perfect berries. This occurred about two weeks early so the vines had to be watched carefully for frost damage but we were thankful that no frosts occurred! This early start allowed the vines to share these glorious conditions with their active photosysnthetic engines in the leaves and these early clusters were well fed during these early stages of growth. Perfect weather continued through the summer which helped establish great conditions during veraison as the grapes began to change color continued into Fall with cool nights and warm afternoons – allowing the fruit to develop over a long hang time period and came into harvest in perfect condition!
Our winemaking protocol demands separate small carefully temperature regulated fermentations for each varietal providing optimum treatment for each Cabernet clone as well as for our Malbec and Petit Verdot. These wines are carefully pressed direct to barrel and are aged separately until rigorous blending trials the Spring before Summer bottling. Each individual barrel is tasted for uniqueness and provides an essential blend diversity that typifies our wines as well as an exceptional 22 month ageing period.
Food Pairing Suggestion: Enjoy pairing it with pork medallions drizzled with a berry sauce, or short rib pot pie.