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2019 Malbec

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Tasting Notes

Mesmerizing in color with almost ink-like characteristics, our 2019 Malbec displays aromatics of elderberry, dried juniper berry, boysenberry, and pine wood. 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 its beautiful French oak aging.

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2019 vintage started off with a very mild winter, then out of nowhere, we saw record snow accumulations in late February that lasted until early March. Thankfully, this did not affect buds on the dormant grapes, but it did delay bud break by approximately 2 weeks, which had some residual affects on the overall ripening process. We did see a decent amount of heat accumulation, but the 2019 vintage will go down as a cooler vintage for Washington State. Our typically amazing Octobers was very trying for us with not just one but two freezing periods that made our winemaking decisions ever more challenging. The first frost we saw we were happy with the results thinking we have escaped a terrible outcome in the vineyards, and then 9 days later we were hit very hard and we saw considerable frost damage to all our grapes. As we are seasoned winemakers, we took this challenge head on and decided to purchase brand new state-of-the-art equipment including an optical sorter that would eject bad and damaged grapes before any of these grapes went into a fermenter or press. The new equipment worked as amazing for us and the results in the wines are more than pleasing for us as well. Challenging vintages like 2019 really let you know as a winemaker what you are made of, and we at Airfield Estates not only took this challenge head on, but we excelled and the wines we produced from this vintage are going to be more consumer-friendly with higher acidity and lower alcohols but the fruit aspect is exceptional.

Winemaking Notes

Sourced from carefully selected reserve tier blocks on our estate vineyard, the Malbec was cropped to small yields to obtain 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 hours 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. During the first 2 months of aging, the wines lees were stirred back into the wine twice per month. This process gives the wine a rounder mouthfeel while naturally softening the wine. The wine was aged in 36% new French oak, 40% 2-year-old French oak, and 24% 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
  • Cases Produced: 257
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • pH: 3.74
  • Acidity: 6.2 g/L
  • Ageability: Enjoy now through 2029 (with optimal maturity around 2026)

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