Malbec Napa Valley 2018
About This Wine
On the nose: Ripe black plums, raspberries, truffles, peppercorns, cedar
On the palate: Fresh, juicy entrance evolving on a velvety midpalate lifted Rich dense purple fruit, orange peel, Indian spices, fresh hay, almond paste, forest floor, graphite, builds on the palate to a full structured finish
Blend: 100% Malbec
Fermentation: 40% barrel fermented, 60% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 80% new, 20% 1-year-old barrels
2018 was a dream growing season and harvest for Napa Valley. An abundance of rain in February was followed by continuous days of sunshine and mild temperatures that made for uniform vines and even cluster growth. With no major heat spikes to contend with, there was no need to rush through harvest. Cooler temperatures allowed us to pick when we wanted, without stress and under optimal conditions. The gift from Mother Nature translated to wines that not only have great concentration but also an amazing freshness.