Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Malbec
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Harry Hansen
This limited-release offering exhibits the undeniable charm of this varietal, offering characteristically soft, voluptuous style perfect for chilly fall or winter nights. A good wine to enjoy now or cellar for a few years as the flavors will develop and integrate over time.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage Notes

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.

Winemaking Notes

Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec | Vinification: Aged 8 months in oak (25% new)