2016 Malbec

Tasting Notes

The nose slowly opens to share aromas of oak, cedar and tobacco woven with rich black raspberry notes. The smooth, luscious entry showcases classic flavors of cherry and blackberry layered with cigar box, mocha and hints of dried fine herbs. Though still youthful, the palate already reflects the perfectly honed balance of tannins, oak and fruit. If enjoyed before 2020, we recommend decanting for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Vintage: 2016
Varietals: 100% Malbec
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Production: 75 cases

Vintage Notes

Growing grapes is our passion…and having a growing season with few ups and downs keeps our blood pressure low! This 2016 season followed the previous vintages with early budbreak followed by some typical Spring showers that did not interfere with set in May and early June. The consistent weather with fewer than normal hot spells during Summer produced even ripening with great color development. August was cooler than normal allowing great hang time before harvest. We were able to harvest all of our fruit carefully…even with the season presenting several varieties ripening at the same time! Daily tasting evaluations of our wine in our fermentation tanks were consistently flavorful, giving an insight into the great wines with pure flavors!

Winemaking Notes

Our winemaking protocol demands separate small carefully temperature regulated fermentations for each varietal providing optimum treatment for our Malbec. This wine is carefully pressed direct to barrels and 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

Try pairing this delicious wine with mixed sausage paella (opens in new window), or grilled lamb chops with a balsamic reduction.

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DOUBLE GOLD & 95 POINTS

2020 American Fine Wine Invitational Competition

BEST OF CLASS & 95 POINTS

2019 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Estate 1856 Won a Critics Challenge International Wine and Spirits Competition Gold Medal!

BEST OF CLASS & GOLD MEDAL & 93 PTS

JUDGES COMMENTS: “Powerful, mineral, and floral, with a juicy core and the kind of grip that just begs for grilled meat – Joe Roberts “

91 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL

2019 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Judges Comments: “Rich black berries. Beautiful sweet oak.”

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GOLD MEDAL

2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition