2016 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 tobacco, spiced plum, and toasted brioche are rounded out with a hint of roasted white pepper on the nose. This medium-bodied food-friendly wine has an elegant tannin structure supported by rich red fruit, premium oak, and balanced acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this with herb-roasted lamb or grilled steak.
94% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot
Santa Ynez Valley
24 months in French, Hungarian, and American oak; 15% new
February 13, 2019
2016 was another vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. We had an early bud break, which began in the third week of February, and a warm spring that led to slightly earlier bloom. Summer temperatures were mild and warm resulting in a good fruit set and average yields. We harvested all the fruit on August 23, 2016 - the earliest harvest to date - in cool temperatures to ensure cold fruit at pressing.
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.