Wines

2017 Estate Malbec

  • Varieties:
    100% Malbec
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    23.9
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.6%
  • Acidity:
    0.69g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.58
  • Residual sugar:
    0.03g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    June 07, 2019
  • Cases produced:
    243
  • Retail Price:
    $ 27.00

Growing conditions:
Above average winter rainfall, no frost and normal budbreak produced great fruit set. Judicious thinning and a warm summer led to an outstanding harvest with excellent quality and yields.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless steel fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with FX-10 yeast then pumped over twice daily for 15 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this Malbec was aged for 18 months in French and Hungarian oak prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Hints of red berries, wild sage and ripe plum are intertwined with subtle oak notes. 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 3-5 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2022-2027.

Food selection:
This rich, layered wine will enhance rosemary-infused lamb loin or hard cheeses as well as many Italian dishes with rich sauces.