Low-res 2016 Malbec

2016 Malbec

NAPA VALLEY
$38.00 per bottle   /   $32.30 club price
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This 2016 Malbec is deep in color, aromas and flavors. With an almost magenta color, it is loaded with rich and fragrant characters of blueberry pie, licorice, grape jolly rancher, sweet Agen prunes, vanilla, and pencil shavings.  This is a full-bodied, balanced wine, with flavors jumping out of the glass.  It provides generous amounts of juicy blackberries, subtle toastiness, integrated tannins, and stewed black plums.

WINEMAKER NOTES

Upon hand harvesting, our Malbec was carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole berry fermentation.  The fermentation temperature never went above 82 F, which allowed for a warm extraction from the skins.  After fermentation and pressing, the wine went to 40% new French oak, 60% neutral French oak barrels, aging for 18 months.  This wine was unfined and unfiltered.

THE VINTAGE

2016 had a perfect, long growing season with welcome spring rains and warm summer months. The phenomenal weather held out through the season which allowed the grapes to be harvested at optimal ripeness on October 10th. 

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton 

Appellation: Napa Valley

Blend: 91% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot

Alcohol: 14.8%