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Vintage: 2013

Varietal: Malbec

Appellation: Paso Robles

Alcohol %: 13.7

 

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless steel fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with D-80 yeast then pumped over twice daily for 13 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this Malbec was aged for 24 months in French and Hungarian oak prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Hints of lavender, wild sage and Santa Rosa plum are intertwined with dusty/spicy oak. Flavors are balanced and rich with layers of pleasantly assertive tannins overlaid with hints of oak. The finish is rich and lush which enables additional aging.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable currently, this intense red wine will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 4-8 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2020-2025.

Food selection:
This rich, layered wine will enhance rosemary-infused rack of lamb and hard cheeses as well as Italian dishes with rich sauces.