Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2015 Malbec are sourced exclusively from Coombsville, Napa Valley, on Vichy Avenue across from Vichy Elementary. The climate in Coombsville is ideal for growing Malbec as the vines gain relatively high amounts of sun and heat in order to mature, especially because of the Malbec grapes’ thick skin. The vines produce fruit with layers of complexity resulting in wines with earthy minerality and exceptional, natural acidity.
Once harvested, the fruit is carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. To enhance color and flavor, extensive seed removal occurs and délestage procedures are incorporated during the 14 day maceration period. This process helps to release the aromatic characters to create full, round tannins. After fermentation, the wine is aged in 100% French Oak Barrels for 24 months.
The Napa Cellars 2015 Malbec is a sophisticated wine that delivers rich, brambly berry jam aromas with warm leather and hints of cherry-vanilla pipe tobacco, allspice and cedar. Lush flavors of blackberry and notes of caramel and vanilla coat the palate. Good acidity gives the supple tannins a boost for a firm structure that eases on the finish and notes of sweet smoke and tobacco. For a decadent meal, pair with chicken drumsticks drizzled with Asian barbeque sauce or chili-rubbed steak.