2015 Firestone Vineyard Malbec, Santa Ynez Valley
Malbec is a thick-skinned grape variety that thrives in warm, sunny conditions like the Santa Ynez Valley. Alluring aromas of Black cherry and spiced plum are rounded out with a hint of white pepper on the nose. This medium-bodied food friendly wine has an elegant tannin structure supported by rich lush fruit.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this with herb roasted lamb or grilled steak.
81% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot
Santa Ynez Valley
August 25 – October 15, 2015.
20 months in French, Hungarian, and American oak, 15% new
January 16, 2018
The 2015 vintage had the warmest temperatures and least amount of rainfall in the winery’s history. Despite the lack of rainfall, the timing of the growth of the vines was perfect. Bud break began in the last week of February, and there were very few incidents of frost which led to a slightly earlier bloom. June was sunny and warm followed by warmer than average July and August months. The grapes were harvested from August 25 – October 15, 2015.
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.