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.
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.