Wines

2012 Estate Malbec

  • Varieties:
    100% Malbec
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.1
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.5
  • Acidity:
    0.67g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.54
  • Residual sugar:
    0.03g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    September 12, 2014
  • Cases produced:
    419
  • Retail Price:
    $ 25.00

Growing conditions:
Finally! 2012 has relatively normal conditions, minimal April frost, warm to hot days/cool nights in July and August then a mild Indian summer in late Sept./early Oct. Early indications are that 2012 is the best vintage since 2007 and possibly since the famous 1997 vintage.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless steel fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with D-80 yeast then pumped over twice daily for 12 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this Malbec was aged for 20 months in Hungarian oak prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Hints of coffee, wild sage and ripe plum are intertwined with spicy oak. Flavors are balanced and rich with layers of pleasantly assertive tannins overlaid with hints of oak. The finish is rich and lush which enables additional aging.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable currently, this supple red wine will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 4-8 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2016-2021.

Food selection:
This rich, layered wine will enhance seasoned rack of lamb and hard cheeses as well as Italian dishes with rich sauces.