2015 Alexander Valley Estate Malbec
The grapes for this wine come from a single small 2-acre block on our estate. The fruit was gently destemmed from the rachis (stems) then moved to stainless steel tanks and open top tanks for fermentation. After three days of cold soaking, fermentation was initiated with a hand-selected yeast that complemented our fruit. Primary fermentation completed, the new wine was pumped to a fresh tank. Once settled in tank, the new wine was racked off its sediment to barrels and secondary fermentation began. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel which helped soften the wine. Aged sur lie, in 100% French oak, for 15 months, the resulting wine was racked from barrels to tanks for the final blend assemblage then held until bottled.
Aromatics: Aromas of plum jam, tobacco leaf, black cherries and cherry cola.
Body/Texture: Medium body with defined tannins and a smooth complex finish.
Flavor Profile: Ripe raspberries, tea leaf, sweet cocoa powder and tart cherries.