2017 Sebastiani Malbec, Alexander Valley
The first thing you’ll notice about our 2017 Malbec is the nearly opaque deep berry color. Next, the rich aromas of berry, vanilla and chocolate against a savory background awaken the senses. On the palate layers of jammy flavors lead to coco and tobacco on the long finish. This wine will continue to develop complexity for at least five years. -David Nakaji, Winemaker
94% Malbec, 6% Merlot
October 2, 2017
14 months in Hungarian oak barrels
After harvest, we cold soaked the fruit prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Once complete, the wine was racked off the lees and put into 100% new Hungarian oak barrels for 14 months of aging. 6% Merlot was added to the final blend, adding a touch of softness to the bold Malbec profile.
The 2017 growing season started off with record setting rainfalls, delaying bud break from years past. Spring and summer experienced a mixture of foggy, warm and windy conditions. The summer months were moderately warm allowing the grapes to mature at an ideal pace. Extreme heat spikes at the end of August to early September pushed harvest ahead of schedule. The fruit for this wine was picked on October 2, 2017.