2019 Matchbook Estate Bottled Malbec
93 Points from Wine Enthusiast: "This concentrated wine stands out for its deep, dark color, striking mint and black-currant aromas and rich, saturated palate. It is packed with black fruits, dark chocolate and hints of cedar and basil. EDITORS' CHOICE"
Our Matchbook Malbec is based on the Clone 595 grown in our Dunnigan Hills vineyard. This small-yield, French clone was imported into the U.S. in 2012 and produces such deep color and intense flavor that we decided to add the varietal to our Matchbook lineup. The 2019 vintage opens with beautiful aromas of caramel, chocolate and toasty oak from barrel aging. The flavors are a complex mix of blueberry, bright raspberry and vanilla layered over the anise and red apple notes that are the distinct markers of the varietal. The texture is smooth; the rich finish is long and lingering.
The estate-grown Malbec Clone 595, Cabernet Clone 337 and Petit Verdot Clone 2 were all harvested at night and gently crushed within 30 minutes of picking. Each was fermented separately in small temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks using a combination of specially selected yeast to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. We pumped over the tanks twice a day until the wine was nearly dry, then pressed and aged in a blend of American, Hungarian and French oak barrels. We isolated the best barrel lots of the three varietals for the 15-month aging before creating the final blend of 79% Malbec, 11% Cabernet and 10% Petit Verdot.
This is an elegant, sophisticated Malbec with the versatility to pair with grilled steak, pizza and blackened swordfish.