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2018 Malbec

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Tasting Notes

Mesmerizing in color with almost ink-like characteristics, aromatics of blackberry, black licorice, and dried juniper berry dominate the aromas. The palate is smooth with secondary flavors of eucalyptus, truffles, pipe tobacco, and a touch of white pepper. The wine exits the palate with an elegant, balanced, and lengthy finish that accentuates the beautiful French oak aging.

Awards

Silver, 2019 Tri-Cities Wine Festival

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2018 Vintage was a classic Washington State Vintage with a mild winter and very hot summer. The winter leading to Spring was mild and temperatures in March/April were slightly above average leading to our Estate’s Vineyard bud break in middle April. A warm Spring provided perfect growth for the grapevines. Our meticulous farming practices allowed us to manage vigorous growth throughout the growing season, so the plants reached our crop size yield goals for each block. A hot summer with cool nights during 2018 advanced the ripeness and growth in the vineyards that we have not seen in the last few years providing for an optimal vintage. The hot summer allowed grapes to reach optimal maturity and ripeness levels far exceeding anything we saw in 2017 and 2016. 2018 did see some heavy smoke from wildfires in the Northwest, but the location of our vineyards, the timing of the smoke and the overall smoke saturation, our vineyard was not affected by the smoke. White grape varietals saw a lot more sun exposure creating bountiful aromatics with balanced acidity. The red grape varietals made wines that are lush with dark fruit aromas and silky tannins. The 2018 Vintage will be one to enjoy for many years to come.

Winemaking Notes

Our 2018 Malbec comes from our Estate Vineyard in the Yakima Valley from our Reserve tier blocks. We carefully select these blocks and crop them to smaller yields to obtain more ripeness and concentrated flavors. Harvested towards the end of October at optimal maturity the grapes were sent directly to a small fermenter and cold soaked for 48 jours before inoculating with a specific yeast strain for alcoholic fermentation. Our extraction protocol was balanced between aerated pump-overs and gentle punch downs to extract the complex flavors from our Malbec while maintaining tannin extraction and balance with the wine’s natural acidity. Fermented on the skins for 16 days, the grapes were then sent to the press for a gentle pressing before being sent to exclusive French Oak barrels made in Chile` for aging. The wine was aged in 33% New French oak and 50% 2-year-old French oak and 17% neutral French oak for 20 months.

Food Pairing

Cuban-Styled Lechon Asado (Roasted Pork)
Garlic & Jalapeno Bison Burger
Swordfish Steak with Mango-chutney
Shropshire Blue Cheese or Manchego

  • Varietal Composition: Malbec
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Aging / Barrel Program: 19 Months in 100% French Oak (50% New, 50% 2-Year Oak)
  • Cases Produced: 275
  • Alcohol: 14.0
  • pH: 3.79
  • Acidity: 5.8
  • Ageability: Now through 2027

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