2017 Carlson Creek Vineyard Malbec
Carlson Creek Vineyard and Golden Rule Vineyard
TA: 5.8 g/L
Aged 5 months in 50% 1-year-old Russian (Seguin Moreau Cooperage) and 13 months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Thrice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
This Malbec has been an interesting and surprising feature in our cellar for the past few years now. Like many of the red varietals at Carlson Creek Vineyard, the aromatics of this wine are extremely intense and elevated. But unlike many expressions of Malbec, this wine is always a little brighter and more red-fruit driven. With its added layers of violet, lavender, cassis, green spice and red plum, it makes a pretty and complex wine – even at lower alcohols. AZ Malbec has been turning a lot of heads and this is a definite star from this exciting vineyard! Only two barrels produced.
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (MT, BDX, BM45). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 9 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.