2010 MALBEC (Sold Out)
BEST OF CLASS
2013 LA Int’l Wine Competition
Our Special Selection Malbec combines deep, rich blackberry characters with warming spicy notes to create a luscious and complex wine. This wine achieved the highest point ranking of ANY other Malbec entered into the LA Competition (including a large selection of Malbecs from Mendoza, Argentina).
Our first offering of a Malbec single-varietal captures the fruit intensity that the cool 2010 growing season provided. These vines are trellised in a way to provide great sun exposure to promote great color and flavors. Malbec needs the entire growing season to ripen fruit and, for our vineyard, is typically one of the last varietals harvested. When these grapes reached the winery, they were carefully crushed (with special destemmer screens to prevent berry breakage) and then they were individually fermented aged in 100% French oak for 22 months.
Long barrel ageing is unusual for this varietal, but we feel that long barrel ageing helps to concentrate the great Malbec flavors as well as helping the mouthfeel become more integrated as the wine tannins soften and become more approachable.
For more information about this interesting varietal check out the WIKIPEDIA MALBEC ARTICLE!
REGION: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
CASES: 60 cases
FOOD PAIRING NOTES: This lushly fruity Malbec would complement a main course of flavorful red meat, South American style. We suggest Grilled Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steak.