2014 Firestone Vineyard Malbec, Santa Ynez Valley
Malbec is a thick-skinned grape variety that thrives in warm, sunny conditions like the Santa Ynez Valley experienced in 2014. Black cherry, blueberry and vanilla dominate the aroma. The palate has similar flavors, but with cola and spice tones for added complexity and depth. Soft, silky tannins give way to a lingering finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this wine with herb roasted pork loin or linguini tossed in a tomato caper sauce.
83% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley
September 19th – October 16th, 2014
25 months in French, Hungarian and American oak, 53% new
December 5, 2016
2014 was a vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. An early bud break in the last week of February and a warm, dry spring led to a slightly earlier bloom and fruit set. Despite the lack of rainfall, the timing of the growth of the vines was perfect. Few incidents of frost and a warmer than average summer allowed the grapes to ripen at an optimal pace. The fruit was harvested in cool temperatures and at full maturity, from September 19th – October 16th, 2014.
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.
Only 626 cases produced