TASTING NOTES (updated January 2022): This Malbec is still garnet and opaque in color, with an inky purple tinge from the addition of the Petite Sirah skins. It is still jammy with black cherry, blackberry, and pipe tobacco aromatics, but now more complex with additional aromas from age including white pepper, salt cured black olive and even cola as it opens up in your glass. It is still a bold wine with significant tannic structure, balanced by black and blue fruit flavors and acidity on the palate and softened just a bit in the past 2 plus years since its original release.
WINEMAKING NOTES: When we first released this wine in November 2019, we predicted it could age for 10 years, and we were right, it is aging slowly and still has plenty of years ahead to continue aging, should you choose to hold on to it. We held some back, knowing it would continue to evolve, and wanted to share it with you again now (at original release price), as it is a perfect wine to enjoy this winter.
We harvested the Malbec early in the morning, sorted and destemmed the grapes at the winery, and pressed the juice straight to tank. We added 200 pounds of pressed Petite Sirah skins into the fermentation early on to lend additional color and structure. The wine took 12 days to complete fermentation, and we pressed it to barrel on an early October morning.
FOOD PAIRING: Gorgonzola, aged cheddar, and Spanish Chorizo make great appetizer pairings. Barbecued skirt steak, spaghetti with meatballs or Bolognese are great choices for main courses. Try dark chocolate as a sweeter pairing.
AGING: Aged in 75% New French Oak and 25% Neutral Oak barrels for 24 months.