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2013 Chardonnay

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Malbec

VINEYARD

Suisun Valley

HARVEST DATES

September – October 2014

AGEING

6 months in steel on American oak staves

ALCOHOL CONTENT

13.6%

TOTAL ACIDITY

5.8g/L

PH

3.2

WINEMAKERS

Alison Bauder
John Reyes

2014

Malbec

Appellation American

 

Price: $20.00

 

Tasting Notes & Food Pairings

A beautiful deep purple hue with rich berry, black cherry, and plum aromas. The berry flavors intensify in a smooth dry finish. This wine pairs well with the following foods: Beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, roasted and grilled pork, and pasta.

 

Vineyard

The grapes for our Malbec come from the Suisun Valley of California. The Suisun Valley has a generally warm climate and benefits from the cooling effects of moist ocean breezes that enter the valley via Suisun Bay. These winds cool the vineyards throughout the growing season. The grapes come from the vineyard of the Lanza family and their vineyard has been producing wine grapes since 1933.

 

Vintage

It was a near-ideal growing season in Suisun Valley, with a warm, dry spring fostering early budbreak and trouble-free flowering and grape set. Consistently mild summer weather free of rain or unwelcome heat spikes allowed our grapes to be harvested with an optimal balance of ripe, concentrated fruit flavors and lively acidity.

 

Winemaking

The 2014 Malbec was fermented in our Albany, NY winery and treated with enzyme before fermentation to enhance color and extraction of phenols and tannins. A yeast isolated in the Rhone region of France was used for its known contribution to mouth feel as well as aromas including ripe fruit, jam, and cedar. After fermentation it was aged on American oak staves for six months to excellent baking spice notes to its bouquet.

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