Wild Oak Vineyard
This is a savory and dense wine with a rich, dark hue. Earthy aromatics of spice, graphite and crushed wild berries merge with flavors of ripe plum, blueberry compote, and notes of carob, dried sage, and thyme. Meaty but smooth, it has a good structure with a generous finish.
2018 provided an ideal climate allowing time for the grapes to ripen to their optimum flavor structure. The year presented a fairly mild growing season with few heat spikes, inspiring winemakers to push harvest back a few weeks. This longer time on the vine was great for grapes and the mild temperatures kept the fruit from over-ripening. More than an inch of rain fell in early October in many locations, but there was little impact on the quality of the fruit. 2018 could be remembered as one of the longest and most desirable seasons in years, producing exceptional quality grapes throughout Sonoma County.
This Malbec comes from our Certified Sustainable Estate Wild Oak Vineyard, located at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Grown here the Malbec thrives in the warm afternoons and cool evenings of Sonoma, producing luscious berries with rich, spicy characteristics and deep intense color.
The grapes are gently de-stemmed before cold-soaking to extract optimal color and aroma. After primary fermentation, the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation, followed by 17 months of aging.