2016 Malbec, Red Hills of Lake County
Blueberry, Sage, Graphite
- 2-3 days cold soak;
- Fermented 10-12 days in plastic open-top bins (5% whole cluster)
- Punched down and pumped over 2-3 times per day to ensure complete fermentation
- Fermented warm to 85°
- Aged for 20 months in French oak (50% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker &
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Malbec, a grape inky in color with robust tannins, also is one of the six grapes allowed in red Bordeaux wines. Found mainly in Southern France and Argentina, Malbec makes for wines that are dark in color and express plump, juicy fruit aromas and flavors.
The Malbec comes from Amber Knolls Vineyard, which is 2,000 feet in elevation. The volcanic soils here were laid down by Mount Konocti and are very porous with abundant obsidian stones that allow for ample drainage. Wines on volcanic soils take on savory, umami, graphite-like character as they develop over time.
2016 saw more rainfall than in the previous five years, bringing some relief to an ongoing drought. Temperatures on average were warm, producing grapes that were fully ripe with above-average crop size.
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