Wines

2013 Estate Malbec

  • Varieties:
    100% Malbec
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    25.3
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.7%
  • Acidity:
    0.69g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.49
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    December 11, 2015
  • Cases produced:
    437

Growing conditions:
Perfect! 2013 had great growing conditions, with minimal April frost, warm days/cool nights in July and August then a full Indian summer in mid-September. Vineyard yields were normal despite low winter rainfall while quality appears excellent due to small berry size.

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 13 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this Malbec was aged for 24 months in French and Hungarian oak prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Hints of lavender, wild sage and Santa Rosa plum are intertwined with dusty/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 intense red wine will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 4-8 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2020-2025.

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