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2020 Estate Malbec

2020 Estate Malbec

  • Varieties:
    100% Malbec
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles - Templeton Gap District
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  • Date bottled:
    March 24, 2023
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  • Retail Price:
    $ 30.00

Growing conditions:
Minimal winter rainfall until a wet March averted an extreme drought. No frost events but windy conditions during bloom led to a smaller fruit set. The lighter crop coupled with a long warm summer led to an outstanding earlier, small harvest with excellent quality.

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 16 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 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.

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 2026-2031.

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

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