Club Price $48.00
This wine showcases the incredible potential of Alexander Valley to produce world class Malbec. 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 cranberry, cherries, black currant, and blueberries. Rounding out the palate is a hint of mocha and boysenberry. This wines firm tannins, and striking acidity, are sure to make it an age-worthy selection.
136 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Technical Data: ALC: 14.0% by vol.; TA: 6.4 g/L; pH: 3.68
Cooperage: 22 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, were they were hand-sorted. The sorted berries were fermented in two distinct vessels 40% in puncheon barrels and 60% in small size stainless steel tanks. Fermenting grapes in puncheon barrels, allows them to integrate with the new oak tannins and achieve warmer fermentation temperatures, optimizing flavor extraction and color stabilization. The remaining fruit was placed into stainless, temperature-controlled fermentation tanks for a three-day cold soak and followed by approximately 25-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 22 months in 100% French Oak barrels (30% new), and then blended together, to create a well-balanced, structured blend of both components.
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.
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.