2013 Martin Ray Malbec Dry Creek Valley
Our tiny amount of Malbec (only about 2.5 tons) was handpicked, mid-season from a small owned and operated vineyard in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley. The warm, dry days of the 2013 vintage allowed these grapes to mature to their ideal brilliant violet color and robust fruit flavor.
Due to the limited amount, and the impeccable quality of the fruit, our Malbec was sorted, destemmed, then hand-shoveled into new French Oak Puncheons to undergo primary fermentation. The caps on these puncheons were maintained by manual punch downs thrice daily until juice reached dryness. After a few days of extended maceration on its skins to maximize color and tannins, the must was basket pressed to barrels for secondary. This Malbec then spent spent 15 months in 40% new French Oak
Both fruity, and boastfully spicy, this Malbec leads with brooding blue fruits, figs and blackberry soda, interspersed with sassparilla and hints of toffee. Thanks to the mild tannins and bold fruit typical of Malbec, this wine leads with a full and juicy front palate, with soft tannins along the mid, and finishes with the lingering aftertaste of candied black cherries.