2013 Malbec

  • Gold Medal - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal - 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Best of Class of Region, 93 points - 2016 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition

Tasting Notes
Our first varietal bottling of Malbec.  Aromas of ripe sugar plum an blueberry syrup are wrapped in a bed of wild iris, toasted tobacco, new leather and laced with vanilla bean and mocha scents.  Tightly woven acidity and dusty tannin provide a synergy and balance for the full and generous palate.  A finely oaked finish is supported with suggestions of black licorice, carob chip, molasses and sage flavors that smoothly fade into a lasting memory.  Enjoy now until 2023.  

This estate-grown Malbec would generally get blended into the Cabernet Sauvignon or the Reserve. When it came to blending we added a small amount of it to the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon but we tasted greater potential, so instead of blending it, we put it back in some of our nicest French oak barrels.  We then stuck it in the back of the cellar and didn’t tell anyone!  So, it was a surprise to everyone when it came to bottling.  It sat in barrel for a total of 30 months.  The grapes were fermented into 5-ton open top fermenters and pumped over multiple times per day to achieve maximum extraction, which was necessary to match the ripe flavors of the vintage.

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Vineyard Notes

Vineyard Notes
The Cass Estate Vineyard, located southeast of the town of Paso Robles, exemplifies the quality of the Paso Robles region with its warm days, cool coastal breezes, and exceptional soils. Resting at 900 feet of elevation, the 160-acre vineyard is planted to 11 varieties on a large terrace above the Huer Huero River. Deposited over centuries, the diverse alluvial soils make for an expressive site that produces fruit of incredible quality.

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Wine Specs

Paso Robles
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Gold Medal - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal - 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, 93pts. and Best of Class of Region - 2016 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition


300 cases produced