The 2016 St. Helena Malbec captivates the
senses with its bold fruit expression and
long, silky finish. Succulent floral notes
intermix with ripe blueberry and dark berry
fruit aromatics leap from the glass. This rich
and complex fruit character washes over
the palate leading to long, elegant finish.
This serious yet inviting Malbec is readily
appreciable today, though it will easily cellar
for 5-7 years. Enjoy this full-bodied wine with
summer grilled meats and hearty vegetables.
The extended drought caused concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. Following a relatively dry January significant rainfall arrived in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, in mid-September. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the acids and add complexity to the fruit.
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec | Vinification: Aged 8 months in oak (25% new)