2018 Robert Willis Reserve Malbec
Aromas of concentrated black fruits are balanced with notes of warm baking spices and lavender. Notes of buttered toast add layers of complexity to the intense fruit. On the palate, the wine is supple and sleek however, there is enough firm structure to hold up the robust fruit. The result is a wine that is powerful yet well balanced.
Horse Heaven Hills
blackberry, licorice, black currant
The grapes for this wine comes from Block 9 on our acclaimed Spice Cabinet Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Spice Cabinet Vineyard sits on a southeast slope above the Columbia River. The orientation of the block allows for morning sun exposure of the fruit, while avoiding the intense afternoon rays.
The grapes were harvested and sorted in the vineyards with our "Selective Harvester" to allow for maximum hangtime and flavor development. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. We fermented the fruit in French oak fermenters with a combination of pump overs and rack & returns (délestage) to control extraction and flavors. After fermentation, the wine was racked to barrels consisting of old and new French oak for malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months.
Food Pairing Notes
Pork, Beef, lamb, BBQ, Pasta, cheese, charcuterie and chocolate