This medium-bodied Malbec is slightly lighter bodied than a typical Malbec. The cooler overall growing temperatures allowed for a longer hang time and great flavor development at a lower than typical sugar level. Sweet raspberry and ripe cranberry aromoas carry over to the flavors and have a hint of rosemary in the background. The red fruit flavors are prevalent on the finish.
Malbec is a varietal grown across the globe, it was made popular as a blender in classic Bordeaux blends and has gained notoriety for the high altitude vineyards in Argentina. It is a thick skinned grape that requires heavy sunlight to ripen and typically produces an inky dark wine. Our Malbec comes from Bells Echo Vineyard, owned and farmed by Ron and Lisa Sutton, located 15 minutes West of Campovida and the town of Hopland in Mendocino County. It enjoys very hot summer days in the late growing season and cool nights, perfect for the inner Mendocino Valley where Bells Echo Vineyard is located.
Harvest date: October 14, 2015
Fermentation: De-stemmed and crushed to a stainless steel tank and cold soaked for 5 days at 50F to extract color and desirable phenolic compounds. Fermented to dryness at 85F. Only free-run fraction transferred to barrel where it underwent native malo-lactic fermentation.
Aging: Aged for 16 months in neutral French oak