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2006 Lake County Malbec RESERVE — SOLD OUT

2006 Lake County Malbec ReserveAromas of black tea, tobacco and violet entice the senses and prepare you for a palate featuring blackberry, mocha and plum.

Vineyard Location: Lake County
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Total Acidity: .62
pH: 3.7
Brix at Harvest: 28 degrees
Residual Sugar: .15
Alcohol: 14.9
Cooperage: Sansaud French Oak
Aging: 26 months
Quantity Produced: 49 cases



SILVER MEDAL — 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.

Winemaker’s Comments

We chose the best lots for the production of the Malbec Reserve. The best fruit was hand picked and sorted into bins that were crushed separately. The end result was two barrels that tasted better than the rest. Aromas of black tea, tobacco and blossoming violet with vanilla precede the palate of explosive blackberry, mocha and plum. The finish consists of lingering, tobacco, black pepper, toasted oak and round tannins. This is a full-bodied Malbec that can be enjoyed now or saved for a special occasion in years to come with proper storage. Pair with a nice, marinated and grilled flank steak.


The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to mature. It ripens mid-season and can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends. Sometimes, especially in its traditional growing regions, it is not trellised and cultivated as bush vines (the goblet system.) Here it is sometimes kept to a relatively low yield of about 6 tons per hectare. The wines are rich, dark and juicy. As a varietal it creates a rather inky red (or violet) intense wine, so it is also commonly used in blends, such as with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to create the renowned red French Bordeaux "claret" blend. Other wine regions use the grape to produce Bordeaux-style blends. The grape needs a high differential between day and evening temperatures, with a minimum fluctuation of 27 degrees Fahrenheit (15 °C) in a day. The varietal is sensitive to frost and has a proclivity to shatter.

Preferred Pricing

1 - 2 cases: 10% off, 3 - 5 cases: 15% off, 6 + cases: 20% off (does not apply to Library & Reserve wines).
Mixed cases allowed. Wine club members are given an additional 5% off on all purchases.

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