Winemaker's Tasting Note
The rich, inviting aromas and velvety palate of our 2012 Malbec burst with black plum, black cherry, violet, spice, mineral and summer savory herb expression. With its inky color and intense, concentrated flavors, this Malbec shows its provenance—an exceptional, dry-farmed vineyard in Calistoga. Not in the least shy, this is a distinctively varietal Malbec, especially in its show of dark fruit, floral and spice, while the caramel and espresso nuances come from aging in 50 percent new French oak barrels. The flavors are juicy, plush and round, with mouth-coating tannins that carry the dark-fruit flavors through the persistent finish. Although it will cellar well, this wine is immensely enjoyable now, especially paired with boldly flavored foods.
We gently destemmed the grapes to retain about 60 percent whole berries, and then we cold soaked the grapes for three days for gentle extraction. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks was followed first by extended maceration before pressing and then by in-barrel malolactic fermentation. During barrel aging, we used the traditional Bordeaux technique of three gentle rackings to naturally clarify the wine.