2016 Malbec


2016 MALBEC
Alexander Vly, Sonoma Cnty
$55.00  |  Club Price $44.00
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TASTING NOTES
This wine showcases the incredible potential of Alexander Valley to produce world class Malbec. Our winemaker, Ana Diogo-Draper, was thrilled about the distinct character of this fruit; she wanted to make a wine dedicated entirely to the varietal. The vineyards rocky and well drained soils grant the grapes an intense color, pure flavor and structured tannin. This 100% Malbec displays elegant notes and flavors of dark cherry and plum that mingle with a hint of blueberry, boysenberry and mocha.
110 cases produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Technical Data: ALC: 14.0% by vol.; TA: 6.1 G/L; pH: 3.71
Cooperage: 20 months in 100% French Oak Barrels (30% New)

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested in the early morning and quickly brought to the winery in small bins. The fruit was hand-sorted and fermented in two different vessels. About 40% of the grapes were fermented in large puncheon barrels, which allowed them to integrate with the new oak tannins and achieve warmer fermentation temperatures allowing optimum extraction, flavor development and color stabilization. The remaining fruit was placed into stainless, temperature controlled fermentation tanks for a three day cold soak and followed by approximately 20 day fermentation. During Fermentation, our skilled cellar crew performed two pumpovers a day, in order to extract color and phenolics from the grape skins. The grapes were gently pressed, to grant tannins a luscious profile. These separate fermentation lots were aged for about 20 months in 100% French Oak barrels (30% new), and then blended together, to create a well balanced, structured blend of both components.
VINEYARD NOTES
The Malbec grapes sourced for this wine came from the Alexander Valley AVA, in Sonoma County. Ideal for Bordeaux varieties, like Malbec, the summer daytime temperatures regularly reach the high 80s and 90s, while the evening fog creates a rapid cooling effect that protects the fruits flavor and boosts acidity. Extremely rocky, well-drained soils produce grapes that are small, and with intense flavors.
VINTAGE NOTES
Bud break arrived early this year, beginning around Valentines Day, and it was a cool and foggy season through August. We had no excessive heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly and calmly at their own pace, yields were a tad higher, and the flavors are phenomenal.

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