California Malbec

Monte Rosso Vineyard Malbec

/ 750ml 2014 Vintage

Our Malbec is crafted from a select block at 1,000 feet in elevation on our world class Monte Rosso Vineyard. This wine is both intense and graceful with an opulent purple color. It swirls with rich aromas and flavors of dense jammy red fruit mixed with boysenberry and blackberry jam. Those meld with nutmeg, clove, black pepper and hints of vanilla bean. The refined, velvety tannins create a luscious mouthfeel and 14 months of barrel aging give hints of toast and smoky, sweet oak to the long, luxurious finish.

Winemaker notes:

The grapes for our 2014 Malbec were hand-harvested and delivered to the winery in half-ton bins. The fruit was hand-sorted prior to destemming and partially crushed before being gravity-fed into small open-top tanks. After primary fermentation was complete, the wine was racked by gravity into barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine aged in 23% new French oak, 12% new American oak, and 65% used oak. We managed individual barrel lots before assembling the blend and sending it back to barrel to let the flavors integrate. Total aging was 14 months in barrels and 12 more months in bottle.

Viticulture notes:

We selected all of the fruit for our Malbec from a block that is about 1,000 feet in elevation on our Monte Rosso Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley. The 2014 growing season on Monte Rosso's mountaintop was another outstanding one with early bud break, little rain, steady warmth and long hang time. Consistently mellow temperatures throughout spring and summer let grapes ripen fully and evenly, and an exceptionally long harvest gave us concentrated, well-structured fruit of exceptional quality and depth.