Malbec 2018, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
A rare bottling of Malbec from our mountaintop vines. A creation of three barrels of a delicious, velvety wine, expressive of grape and location.
Dry Creek Valley
Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
23.4 (at harvest)
25 months in 67% new French oak barrels, 33% 3-years-old French oak barrels
Intense, inviting dark aromas with a touch of spice fill the nose, but don’t prepare you for the tasty treat to follow. A silky smooth entry fills the palate with mouthwatering, rich dense flavors that linger into a long, luscious finish. Savor pure, focused black currant, blackberry, plum and huckleberry woven with creamy Valrhona chocolate and traces of sweet tobacco and sage. Bright yet gentle acidity and supple vanillin oak gracefully frame the wine while adding dimension and depth.
We planted our Malbec block in 2008, with very little prior experience growing or making it. The couple hundred vines that grow alongside the Cabernet Franc and Merlot on our Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard were planted to produce just enough wine to be a blending component in our Bordeaux varietal blends.
Some years like 2018, the vines produce an abundance of juicy, ripe, deep purple berries, and we’re blessed with the opportunity to produce a varietal bottling of Malbec. This limited production palate pleaser is one of our Wine Club only wines.
Food Pairing Notes
This dark beauty can be enjoyed solo, but will also pair perfectly with a blue cheese beef Wellington, or Basque braised lamb shanks served with Yukon Gold potatoes.
(Jun 11, 2023 at 6:28 PM)
So guys, this one surprised me. In a wonderful way. It is like a perfect cross between south American style Malbec with old school dark and inky French Malbec. Just great!