Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Malbec
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for an early and condensed harvest, and was ideal for producing a fresh Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Sonoma County Malbec shows polished blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, licorice and spicy white pepper, with wonderfully soft tannins. This limited bottling drinks as powerfully rich as it smells, but the immense fruit flavors remain incredibly fresh throughout and are framed by notable acidity.

Winemaking

Winemaker Christophe Paubert practiced simple methods to show how this rare variety can excel in Napa Valley. The wine was fermented and aged in 50% new French oak barrels and 50% stainless steel barrels for 16 months. The usage of stainless steel allowed the wine to broadcast and preserve the purity and freshness of the Malbec fruit. The final blend includes a small amount of Petite Sirah, which reinforces the floral character from both varietals, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vineyard Note

Inspired by the 2011 Winemaker’s Muse bottling of Malbec, this is the inaugural vintage of this winery exclusive Malbec. A significant part of historic blends at Stags’ Leap, Malbec flourishes in certain areas and this wine captures the variety’s powerful fruit and spicy characteristics. The Malbec grapes for this bottling are from the Carneros appellation in Sonoma County, which is well suited to growing this regional rarity.

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