Aromas of blueberry and blackberry are balanced with notes of warm baking spices and cigar. Violet, anise and a hint of pepper add layers of complexity to the intense fruit. This powerful, yet sleek Malbec has a firm structure, robust fruit and a long, lingering finish.
dark chocolate covered blueberries, blackberry, violet, pepper, cigar
91 point-James Suckling
Platinum-Sip's 11th Annual Best of the NW Wine Awards
Gold-2023 San Francisco International Wine Competition,
Gold-2023 International Women's Wine Competition
Gold-Seattle Wine Awards
The fruit for this wine is grown at our acclaimed Spice Cabinet East Vineyard which sits on a southeast slope above the Columbia River. The orientation fo 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 stainless teel tanks and open top fermenters with a combination of pumpovers, rack & returns (délestage), and punchdowns to control extraction and flavors. After fermentation, the wine was racked to 76% new French and American Oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months.