2018 Chalk Hill Malbec, Chalk Hill AVA
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Our 2018 Malbec is a powerful wine in its own right with a dense and silky texture. Powerful aromatics of cherry, violet, dried thyme, and roasted espresso lead into a palate that is filled with flavors of blueberries, cherries, leather, vanilla, and espresso. Truly a savory, dense and balanced wine, the big and bold tannins make this a perfect pairing with a roasted pork loin. This Malbec will age beautifully over the next 6-8 years.
The 2018 growing season was one of the most consistent in recent memory. Mild spring weather led to prime fruit set and ideal growing conditions.
October 25 & 31, 2018
18 months in French oak, 85% new
cultured yeast fermentation in stainless steel, 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
Our 2018 Malbec came from two blocks at our 56-acre Estate West vineyard located on a contiguous piece of property just across Chalk Hill Road from the winery. These west-facing sites feature clay, rock and loam soils that are perfect for Malbec.