Napa Cellars Malbec 2017
September 27, 2017
T.A.: 0.58 g / 100ml
100% French oak (53% new), 22 months
The Napa Cellars 2017 Malbec is a sophisticated wine that delivers aromas of dark plum, black raspberry and floral notes with a hint of fennel and vanilla characteristics. Lush flavors of dark plum, dark ripe cherries and a hint of sage are complemented with soft tannins up front with some dryness on the finish. For a decadent meal, pair with chicken drumsticks drizzled with Asian barbecue sauce or chili-rubbed steak.
Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2017 Malbec are sourced mostly from Coombsville, Napa Valley, on Vichy Avenue across from Vichy Elementary. The climate in Coombsville is ideal for growing Malbec as the vines gain relatively high amounts of sun and heat in order to mature, especially because of the Malbec grapes’ thick skin. The vines produce fruit with layers of complexity resulting in wines with earthy minerality and exceptional, natural acidity.
Once harvested, the fruit is carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. To enhance color and flavor, extensive seed removal occurs and délestage procedures are incorporated during the 18 day maceration period. This process helps to release the aromatic characters to create full, round tannins. After fermentation, the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels, 53% of which was new, for 22 months.