Malbec 2018

$45 / Bottle (750ml)

The Small-Lot series showcases our exclusive small production & experimental wines.

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The Small-Lot series showcases our exclusive small production & experimental wines.

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Our early plantings of Malbec were intended for blending into our other estate grown wines but we quickly realized the variety also wanted to speak for itself. This small-lot bottling showcases intense dark fruit notes, undertones of mint and leather, and fine tannins leading to a bright finish.

The Vintage

Ample rainfall in the spring recharged the soil profile and provided a strong start to the growing season. The weather during the summer featured consistent warmth and sunshine without any major heat spells. Cooler than average temperatures in August and September slowed the ripening process, providing long hang time and leading to complex flavor development. October was mostly dry and warmer than usual allowing us to pick each block at optimal ripeness. The harvest was complete before November and the start of an epic rainy season.

The Wine

This wine opens with generous aromas of wild boysenberry, blueberry, and black cherry. Juicy darker notes of blackberry and plum layered with hints of sage and bay leaf blend seamlessly on the palate. The enduring acidity and structure complement the balanced tannins.

Food Affinities

Malbec is a wonderful complement to pork or lean red meats. With its earth-driven notes of sage and bay, Chef Chris Kennedy suggests pairing with creamy mushroom sauces or Beef Daube Provençal.

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Beef Daube Provençal

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