Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine: Here is a Malbec that aims high and succeeds. Its deep and layered aromas of dark berries, plums, sweet oak and dried herbs are echoed in kind by its wide-ranging flavors, and it exhibits a sense of potency and winemaking polish that local renditions rarely if ever reveal. It is big and balanced on the palate with gleanings of real suppleness to come, and its integral, neatly fit, structural tannins guarantee very good things down the line. It is a classy and very complete take on the grape, and it deserves to be set aside for another five years at the least.
This Malbec is the perfect medium between a wine of finesse, and one of brazen intensity. The ruby red color invites you in. On the nose you are greeted by cracked black peppercorn and dry leather. Take a step forward, and your palate is gently guided in by fine tannins and the flavor of cherry liqueur. This wine is absolutely inspired by spice and red fruit, but it also harkens to the earthy notes of tobacco, mushrooms and truffles. As complex as the best of Napa Valley’s Cabernets, it will be a pleasure to see how this wine develops for many years to come.
122 Cases Handcrafted