23 Months in French oak barrels (66% new)
The 2017 Malbec opens with heady, earthy aromas of blueberry, cranberry and anise. A racy, high-toned texture unfolds with juicy flavors of pomegranate, currant, black cherry, eucalyptus and black pepper. Fresh acidity is integrated into a long, lively finish.
The 2017 Malbec comes from Block 45, which occupies a southwest-facing hilltop in the heart of Margarita Vineyard. Here, soils of shale and ancient sea bed produce intensely flavored Malbec with a bright, racy character. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the new Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The mountain peaks act as a gateway for cool marine air, resulting in an extended growing season that yields fruit with uncommon depth and structure. The peaks are also testaments to the tectonic forces that created Margarita Vineyard’s rare diversity of soils, ultimately fostering natural complexity in our wines.
Our vision is to craft a Malbec that captures the varietal’s vibrant fruit character while exhibiting the balance and structure that are hallmarks of Margarita Vineyard. After harvesting on October 15, the fruit was cold soaked for two days to ensure a gentle extraction of color and flavor. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 23 months prior to bottling. Eight of the 12 barrels featured new oak for added nuances of complexity and spice. A small lot of Petit Verdot was incorporated into the final blend for enhanced depth and backbone.