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. 2017 was a cooler vintage, resulting in leaner flavors, more bright fruit, and lower alcohol. 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.
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|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Varietal Composition||88% Malbec 11% Syrah 2% Cabernet Franc|
|Fermentation||7 day fermentation with punch downs|
|Bottling Date||425 Cases 4/2/2019|