2014 Malbec, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
We have been producing Malbec for over a decade now, and were the first to do so in the Walla Walla Valley. We have come to believe the southern edge of the Valley is one of the rare places in the world where Malbec reaches its full potential, with sufficient heat for ripening, but with cool nights preserving aromatics and structure. This bottling is drawn from the fan-trained Malbec block at McClellan Estate Vineyard that we planted in 2008. The fan system produces wine of particularly generous density and flavor.
After careful vinification in small, open top fermenters, the wine was aged for 16 months in primarily Hungarian oak contributing a unique pungency and firmness that works particularly well with Malbec’s character. The wine is dark and brooding with intense color and warm, sweet fruit. There is an intense concentration of blueberry jam, fig, passionfruit, complemented by white pepper and desert herbs that linger through a long, persistent finish. It should reward cellaring of 3-5 years from vintage date, yet is capable of aging gracefully for up to 8 years.