The 2014 Malbec is available exclusively to members of the Winemaker's Tier of the Wine Club. To join the Winemaker's Club or to place an order, call 425-482-7371.
We harvested the Red Mountain fruit in late September and Horse Heaven Hills fruit in early October. At the winery, the grapes were destemmed and transferred to tanks. Fermentation occurred at a maximum temperature of 90°F in small-lot, stainless steel tanks after a couple days of cold soaking on the skins. During fermentation, pump-overs were used for intense extraction of color and flavor. Malolactic fermentation was partially completed to create a complex mouthfeel. All lots were barrel aged in 225-liter barrels for 17 months in a combination of new and used French and American oak barrels of which 42% were new.
For this wine we focused on highlighting the nuances of Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills. The result is a fruit-driven wine with aromas of blackberry, plum and spice. A firm acidity and juicy flavors create a finish that lingers. We blended Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon to lift the structure, add complexity and round out the mouthfeel.