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2008 North Coast Malbec RESERVE — $48

Vineyard Location: North Coast - Dry Creek Valley
Harvest Date: October 2008
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.81
Total Acidity: .58
Residual Sugar: Dry
Cooperage: 40% New French Oak, 60% Used

Winemaker's Comments

Aromas of minty green apple jolly rancher, watermelon and pears. Flavors of dark plum, raspberry, strawberry & savory with a finish of bright violet, anise, red pepper, cinnamon & clove.


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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