One of the six Bordeaux grapes, Malbec is a grape known for its deep color and robust tannin structure. Known for its popularity in France and Argentina, Malbec has developed a strong following in the America for its mysterious, intense fruity flavor.
Malbec produces a thin-skinned grape that requires sunlight and heat to mature, but also needs cool evenings to develop its acidity or else it may taste weak and watery. Malbec can be trellised or left to grow as a bush, and both are common depending on where it's produced. Due to its susceptibility to frost, mildew, and disease, Malbec has a relatively low yield that produces smaller berries that are complex and rich in flavor.
“The stylish and impressive 2013 Malbec comes from the Las Cerezas Vineyard in Yountville. This wine will make people stand up and notice. Dense purple-colored, with loads of licorice, coffee bean, blueberry and blackberry fruit, medium to full body, good acidity and ripe tannin, it should age beautifully for 15 or more years.”
The fruit for this delicious wine was sourced from the Las Cerezas Vineyard in the Yountville AVA of Napa Valley. Aged 18 months in 80% new French Oak, this medium to full bodied wine has flavors of dark berry and chocolate, with a touch of black pepper. It carries a crisp acidity with ripe plum aromas on the nose. It pairs incredible with Italian foods, and has quickly become our favorite wine to make since we bottled our first stand alone Malbec in 2007.
Only 116 cases produced
Our Malbec is very different from the chunky, fruit-forward malbec wines flooding the country from South America. Our 2015 Rogue Valley Malbec is more classically proportioned wine, reminding more of the delicious wines of Southwestern France. Our Malbec is grown on the granitic soils of the Kubli Bench. With a smaller yield than in 2014, this vintage is more defined and elegantly nuanced. Along with tannat, malbec produces Oregon’s richest, deepest wines. While powerful by Oregon standards, our 2015 Malbec is still graceful and balanced, with plenty of refreshing acidity to carry its rich flavors.